Chris Lilly is the VP and partner of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and one of America's best-known pitmasters. He also heads the award-winning Big Bob Gibson Cooking Team, and the winner of 12 World BBQ Championships in meat categories and a 4 Memphis in May Grand Championships. He is the national spokesperson for Kingsford Charcoal. In 2009, Lilly authored a compilation of recipes, stories, and expert advice on outdoor cooking: BIG BOB GIBSON'S BBQ BOOK, Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint. His new book FIRE & SMOKE, A Pitmaster's Secrets was released in 2014.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
My earliest memory of food was cooking with my father in the backyard with a cast aluminum grill.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
My favorite memory of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was the Bubble Q monsoon party. The heavy rain cleared the entire event except for the Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q tent. People were shoulder to shoulder trying to staying dry, while the BBQ and Bubbly kept us happy. An epic beach party...

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
If I could cook with anyone in the world I'd be barbecuing with Morimoto.

I never leave home without my:
I never leave home without my truck. An easy answer for an Alabama boy!