Chef Lee Ann Whippen is Chef/Partner of urban BBQ restaurant Chicago q. Lee Ann Whippen is also President and Owner of Wood Chick’s BBQ Restaurants & Catering Company, Lead Pitmaster for Wood Chick’s BBQ Competition Cooking Team, Member Kansas City Barbecue Society, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, former Newspaper Food Columnist, 15 years in Hotel Catering Management and more than 14 years cooking competitive BBQ. Winner of The Virginian Pilots’ “Best of Chesapeake” 6 years in a row for Best BBQ and Ribs since 2004, she has appeared in numerous TV, radio and print stories revolving around BBQ including most recently TLC’s “BBQ Pitmasters” where she was 1 of 7 Pitmasters featured on the high-stakes world of competitive BBQ. Other appearances include Winner of Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Throwdown,” Today Show, The 700 Club, People Magazine, WAVY TV, Joel Rubin Show and the Virginia Pilot. In July 2005 and 2007, Whippen served BBQ to the Senators and Congressmen in the Capitol. Her Beef Brisket recipe appears in the “2006 James Beard Award Winning” cookbook “The New American Cooking” by Joan Nathan. In 2009, she was given a Shining Star Award by the Chesapeake Travel and Tourism Board for positively influencing the public perception of Chesapeake as a travel destination.
Where were you born ?
Miami Beach, FL
How long in Chicago:
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Mizu Yakitori and Sushi Lounge
Best Ethnic Food:
Sun Wah BBQ Restaurant
Best place for late night dining:
I work late, so I love to eat after work at Chicago q!
Macadamia Nut Pie at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The James or the Hilton Chicago
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Cruising Michigan Ave.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Jewelry: Van Cleef and Arpels, Watches: Trabert & Hoeffer
Favorite Charity Event:
Toys for Tots
Favorite Cultural Event:
Food & Wine Entertainment Showcase at the MCA
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Field Museum
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Brick’s Sausage Pizza
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
The totem poles at The Field Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Best Broadway show:
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