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Owner, Wood Chicks BBQ Restaurant & Catering Company, Chesapeake, Virginia
Lead Pitmaster, Wood Chick's BBQ Competition Cooking Team
Awards: 2004 North Carolina and 2003 & 2004 Virginia State BBQ Championships
Media: Appearances on Food Network’s Bobby Flay Road Show 2, Travel Channel, Today Show
Articles in People Magazine and the Virginian-Pilot
LOVE FOR FOOD
Lee Ann Whippen of Chesapeake, Virginia, went from grilling for family and friends in her backyard to competing in some of the toughest cookouts in the country. She will share her love for food along with some healthy cooking tips that will enhance the flavor of your food while cutting carbs, fat and calories this summer.
While working in hotel catering in Georgia and Virginia for 15 years, Lee Ann competed in BBQ and won numerous awards. In 1996, with Team Boaris which was comprised of family members, she won the Georgia State Championship. As a result, Lee Ann received an invitation to the prestigious American Royal Invitational BBQ Competition in Kansas City where she won 1st place in pork.
In 2002, she decided her love of BBQ and experience in catering would be the perfect combination to begin Wood Chicks BBQ Catering and Competition Team. The catering became a success and branched into BBQ vending at various fairs and festivals in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Due to the growth of the catering business, Lee Ann decided to open Wood Chick’s BBQ restaurant in Chesapeake, Virginia on February 23, 2005. The restaurant uses a BBQ pit that is fueled primarily by hickory and apple woods to slow smoke bone-in pork butts, pork ribs, beef brisket, chicken and turkey for up to 16 hours at a time seasoned with a BBQ dry rub. Her award-winning barbecue is in high demand, not only for the taste but also because of the way it is prepared. The BBQ is very lean which makes it quite healthy and a favorite among locals trying to watch their carbs. Lee Ann says, "With the Atkins craze, we've gotten quite a lot of customers...not all the carbs are gone, but you've cut out a whole lot."
Lee Ann's catering and competition team continues to compete in state competitions. Her most recent awards include the 2004 North Carolina and 2003 and 2004 Virginia State BBQ Championships.
With help from her husband John, daughters, Britney and Samantha and mother Joni Tabb Wood Chicks BBQ Restaurant & Catering Company continues to grow.
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