Chef Brian Duffy Joins the Southeastern BBQ Showdown as Celebrity Judge

April 17, 2024

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Columbia, S.C. — Capital City/Lake Murray Country (CCLMC) is proud to unveil the second member of the Southeastern BBQ Showdown’s (SEBBQSD) esteemed judging panel. Chef Duffy is perhaps most recognized for his abundant television appearances on the wildly popular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, the Food Network, and national BBQ events.

We are delighted to announce that Chef Brian Duffy has joined the judges panel for the Southeastern BBQ Showdown,” said Miriam Atria, President/CEO of CCLMC. “Chef Duffy brings with him years of experience in the BBQ industry, having worked with numerous restaurants and appeared on network television. We believe that his expertise makes him the perfect addition to our judging panel. We’re sure that he’ll be tough to impress!

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian family. Those experiences led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. After graduation, Chef Duffy worked under James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons in Philadelphia. From there he partnered in opening restaurants for employers & even a few of his own (over 100 restaurant & venue openings).

Chef Duffy’s most recent show Opening Night (on the Food Network) follows him through his 7-day process of opening a restaurant & the roadblocks that come along the way. Duffy made his national on-camera debut over 17 years ago on the Food Network and has appeared on countless networks & streaming platforms. His current Love of BBQ & Travel has exploded after winning the Food Network’s coveted “Barn Smoker” event in Dallas during the summer of 2023. When he isn’t with clients, taping, or traveling, Chef Duffy is working on his first book, and hanging out with his family & friends in the suburbs of Philadelphia.


Date/Time: June 14-15, 2024 | 4-10 p.m.
Location: Segra Park – 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, S.C.
Music: 6/14 Band of Oz | 6/15 multi-Grammy® Award-Winning Alabama

Online: Southeasternbbqshowdown.com
In-person: Segra Park [1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201]

Questions: Contact, Capital City/Lake Murray Country at 803-781-9040 x 200

This announcement marks the first of many celebrity judge announcements for the Southeastern BBQ Showdown. Stay tuned as more celebrity judges will be announced soon!

For more information & tickets visit SoutheasternBBQShowdown.com.

About The Southeastern BBQ Showdown:

Get ready to fire up your taste buds and dive into the ultimate BBQ competition at the Southeastern BBQ Showdown, June 14-15, 2024! This thrilling two-day event, hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country and held at Segra Park (home of the Columbia, S.C. Fireflies), is not your average cook-off—it’s a sizzling celebration of all things BBQ. Over the course of 2 days, chefs from around the Southeast will compete for the “Homeplate” grand prize. The event will include a vendor expo, shag music from Band of Oz, BBQ samples, a Multi-Grammy® award-winning Alabama concert, a fireworks finale, and much more!

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About Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board:

CCLMC is the official source for all things Lake Murray Country. To plan your next trip, find information on attractions, dining, hotels, outdoor recreation, fishing, golf, and events. Explore The Top Southern Destinations of Columbia, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about CCLMC visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.

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