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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Mike & Amy Mills

17th Street Barbecue

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Mike Mills and Amy Mills are the barbecue world's dynamic father/daughter duo. Mike, a decorated champion pitmaster, is affectionately known as "The Legend.” Called "America's most-revered barbecue pitmaster,” he was honored with the Pioneer of Barbecue award at the Jack Daniel's World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Their book, Peace, Love and Barbecue, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award and received the National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence. Mikes is the barbecue guru at and a partner in Blue Smoke restaurant in New York City. He is one of the founders of the widely popular Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, an annual event drawing upwards of 150,000 people each June in New York City.

He presides over the pits at his nationally acclaimed barbecue joints – 17th Street BBQ in Southern Illinois and Memphis Championship Barbecue in Las Vegas. His Apple City Barbecue team is one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. Amy, Mike and 17th Street Barbecue have been featured on numerous shows on Food Network, Travel Channel, Destination America and more.

Amy Mills, daughter of Mike Mills and heiress of the 17th Street Empire, is considered the barbecue industry's go-to girl. As the leading female in the barbecue world, her expertise and opinion are in high demand. She's the recipient of the coveted Barbecue Heroine prize. Frequently quoted in the media in both the culinary and business aspects of barbecue, she was judge on Food Network's Best in Smoke and Destination America's Kingsford Invitation. She will be a permanent judge on the new iron pitmaster series SMOKED, commencing production this fall.

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