Kevin BludsoChef/TV Personality/Owner, Bludso’s Bar & Que | Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevin Bludso is a chef and television personality. In 2008, he opened Bludso’s BBQ, his small takeout BBQ stand in Compton, California. It has since grown into an international empire, with locations in Hollywood and Melbourne, Australia. He has made multiple television appearances on top food and cooking shows, most recently as the judge on the hit Netflix BBQ competition show The American BBQ Showdown. His first cookbook, The Bludso Family Cookbook: BBQ Soul Food and Family, From Compton to Corsicana, came out in March 2022 for Ten Speed Press and was named one of New York Times Best Cookbooks of 2022. Kevin was a mentor in Kingsford’s Preserve the Pit 2021 and 2022 programs.