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World Champion BBQ Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper is a former college football player, nationally recognized political consultant and a World Champion BBQ Pit Master. Cooper competed on season 8 of Fox's MasterChef, where he was narrowly defeated by the eventual Season 8 champion, Dino Luciano, and has made appearances on the Food Network and Travel Channel. He is the culinary contributor for Influence Magazine and has appeared as a celebrity judge for a local Chopped Jr competition in Tallahassee.  


After winning four first place finishes at the 2018 World BBQ Cooking Contest at “Memphis in May,” Cooper and his wife, Gannon, defeated some of the world’s best chefs when they placed 9th at the World Seafood Contest during the 2018 World Food Championships. They were crowned 2019 World Seafood Champions in Dallas and finished 2nd in 2021. Cooper finished as the Reserve Grand Champion at the 2022 Tampa Pig Fest.  Cooper and his wife Gannon placed third at the Final Table Indy featured on the Cooking Channel and look to continue their winning streak in 2023.


Fresh, clean ingredients are the key to Cooper’s signature cooking style and contribute to his “layers and layers of flavor.” Always the life of the party, you can be sure to hear his signature “Pow! Pow!” as he puts his heart and soul into his cooking. Cooper aims to share his innovative cooking “methods” with fellow backyard and home cooks across the country. And while his methods may be unique, the results speak deliciously for themselves.

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