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Chef’s Brian Duffy, Chuck Matto, Ippy Aiona, Ami Cisneros, Larissa Da Costa, Christie Vanover, Harold Villarosa, Robert Smith, Chris Binotto, Chris Williams, Dominique Leach and Kate Neville, as seen on BBQ Brawl, Season 4. Photo credit: Food Network.

Release Date: June 30, 2023

LAS VEGAS – Pitmaster Christie Vanover will appear in Season 4 of Food Network’s BBQ Brawl, which premieres July 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Vanover is among 12 pitmasters and chefs from across the United States who will be battling it out in the cooking competition series for the chance to earn the title Master of Cue.

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Hosts Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Sunny Anderson, as seen on BBQ Brawl, Season 4. Photo credit: Food Network.

During the 10-episode show, which was filmed in California, chefs Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Sunny Anderson will choose which pitmasters they want on their teams. Together, with their chef’s mentorship, the contestants will face a series of live fire cooking challenges.

Competition is nothing new to Vanover. She has already racked up titles like California BBQ State Champion, Nevada BBQ State Champion, Utah BBQ State Champion, Nevada BBQ Team of the Year and Arizona BBQ Reserve Grand Champion. Her smoked brisket was also ranked 5th in the world at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

Before becoming a pitmaster, Vanover worked in public affairs for the U.S. government – this, as well as her husband’s position in the Army, awarded her the ability to travel extensively around the world. Christie has visited more than 22 countries and draws inspiration from her travels in her globally influenced ‘cue.

Some of that global inspiration will shine through in the live fire recipes that Vanover prepares on the show.

BBQ Brawl premieres July 10 on Food Network at 9 p.m. Eastern time. During the 90-minute episode, the contenders will show off their BBQ skills making a signature taco in hopes of wowing the captains for the team pick.

Ultimately, judges pitmaster Rodney Scott, chef Brooke Williamson and Carson Kressley will decide who has the best and worst BBQ of the day. Winning teams will earn advantages while losing teams will have to say goodbye to one member.

Future hourlong episodes will air every Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern time with the finale set for Sept. 4.


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Hey BBQ Family

Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.