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Chef Charlie McKenna graduated from New York’s Culinary Institute of America in 2000, and cooked under legendary chef Norman Van Aken in Florida, before becoming a sous chef at two of Chicago’s four-star fine-dining landmarks: Tru and Avenues in the Peninsula Hotel. During that time, McKenna also won numerous awards on the competition BBQ circuit including a first place wins at Memphis In May in 2007 and 2016 – which is widely regarded as the world championship of BBQ. McKenna’s restaurant group, Southern Revival Hospitality, which includes Lillie's Q and LQ Chicken Shack, aims to bring the evolution of Southern cuisine and culture to the masses. With multiple restaurant concepts, authentic products and exceptional hospitality, McKenna continues to expand his pioneering brand rooted in Southern tradition.
Watch Charlie McKenna's cooking demo from the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show.