A Short History of the World BBQ Association (WBQA)
The World Barbecue Association and our affiliate members are proud of our rapidly growing organisation, which began on 3rd January 1996, with the aim of uniting all countries worldwide through the fabulous sport of barbecue! Our member countries come from Europe; Central, South and North America; north and South Africa. Our corporate mission is that of respect and tolerance for everyone.
Who We Are
Since our inception, many championships both big and small have been held in Europe and all over the world under the auspices of the WBQA, and our organisation continues to go from strength to strength. The WBQA uses the element of fire as an instrument to promote a positive way of life.
We are an international not-for-profit organisation, without prejudice of any religious or political beliefs. Every country is welcome to join our organisation and participate in our events. While we promote an ethos of Fire, Food, Friendship & Fun we also insist on the highest ethical standards for competition, and that all members adhere to our Codes of Conduct.
BBQ appeals to many people in all walks of life – food producers and suppliers, tourist and travel organisations, outdoor and leisure equipment manufacturers and retailers, etc. It is from these companies that we source our sponsorship, as well as local, national and European government agencies.
What We Do
What makes us different, is that we celebrate the culinary and cultural differences of every country and promote each of their unique styles of BBQ cooking and presentation. We promote BBQ cooking using traditional methods with wood and charcoal, etc. We promote friendship throughout the world continents/countries and a chance to connect with all our affiliated BBQ Associations in our member countries.
We are proud of holding hugely successful BBQ championships on three major continents: Europe, Africa and the USA. We support and give our members the potential to host any of these events in their respective countries. We believe that BBQ is for all those who enjoy the challenge of cooking outdoors, from the backyard enthusiast to professional chefs!
We continually promote high standards of food presentation, food hygiene, safety and recycling. We provide opportunities for marketing and selling, garden, home, and barbecue-related products & accessories at our events, all the while offering the media full access so that their reporting will spread positive messages worldwide.
Your membership of the WBQA increases the potential of sponsorship for your events.
We provide promotion of your BBQ Association and events on our website and social media.
We support an eco / green ethos which includes waste food management, recycling of all aluminium products and FSC approved BBQ fuel. Each year we continue to support and build up member BBQ Associations in countries throughout the world wishing to host National, European and World BBQ Championships.
We work very closely with our sponsors to understand their needs and objectives, and customise our events so that they get the maximum return for their partnership with us. In March 2014 we opened our first full-time Administration Office in Limerick, Ireland which is managed by our WBQA CEO, Patrick O’Sullivan.
We provide comprehensive BBQ Judge training on several levels, and on 25th March 2017 we opened the World BBQ Academy in Limerick, Ireland, with specially designed training facilities for anyone wishing to learn the art of BBQ cooking from our highly qualified Master Instructors.
About the World BBQ Association President
JEREMY RAVENSHAW FOWLER, FIH FWMCS
President, World Barbecue Association
Having attained top grades in formal culinary and academic qualifications, Jeremy has enjoyed a rich and varied career in the international field of hospitality, holding many senior positions throughout his 46-year career.
Jeremy travelled extensively around the world acting as personal chef to several high profile and distinguished clients, Royal households, and has owned and run two restaurants of his own.
In latter years, Jeremy continues to promote the sport of barbecue, winning 2nd in the world championships for ribs 2004; 4th in America’s “Best of the Best” whole hog category 2005; 2nd in the world at the “Jack Daniels” Invitational World Championships in Lynchburg, Tennessee 2009 – where he is now an Honorary Master Judge, and winning the British Barbecue Championships 2009/10.
Having joined as one of the earliest members of the WBQA in 1997, Jeremy has held World Head Judge and Training Director roles within the organisation, and is extremely proud to have been elected President in October 2018.
PATRICK O’SULLIVAN, CEO WBQA
Patrick O’Sullivan, CEO of the World BBQ Association since October 2018, has over thirty years experience participating in and running BBQ events.
Patrick is involved in the restaurant business in Limerick, Ireland, which helps foster his abiding love of food and, in particular, the art of slow ‘n’ low BBQ style cooking. There is a long history of BBQ in Ireland, going back to the first international BBQ competition which took place in 1989 in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.
Patrick was one of the first members to join the WBQA, and since then he has set up BBQ associations in the US, UK, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. He is a certified World BBQ Association Judge and has judged – amongst many other major competitions – Huston, Memphis in May, and the annual Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ Championships.
Patrick has exhibited his cooking prowess on both Irish and USA television, demonstrating the art of slow ‘n’ low BBQ style cooking. He has for many years lectured on Event Management.
After serving as WBQA President for four and a half years, Patrick hand ed over the Chain of Office in October 2018 to Jeremy R. Fowler.
World BBQ Association Directors
& Director of Training
Mr. Jeremy Fowler
WBQA Vice President
Mr. Michael Andersson
Mr. Patrick O’Sullivan
WBQA Director of Judging
Mr. Kim Shulz
WBQA USA Director
Mrs. Tana Frensley
WBQA Senior Trainer
Mr. Ken Switzer
WBQA Senior Trainer
Mr. Mike Thompson
WBQA Public Relation Officer
Mr. Benjamin Barlet
WBQA IT Director
Mr. Domenico Martini
WBQA Office Manager
Mrs. Fiona O’Sullivan
World BBQ Association Country Member Presidents
President, WBQA Italy
Mr. Domenico Martini
President, WBQA UK
Mr. Benjamin Barlet
President, WBQA Atlanta, USA
Mr. Bob Herndon
President, WBQA Netherlands
Mr. Wim Vink
President, WBQA Portugal
Mr. Filipe Santos
President, WBQA Ireland
Mr. Kenneth Switzer
President, WBQA Ukraine
Mr. Oleksandr Konstantynov
President, WBQA Sweden
Mr. Ulrik Lindelőv
President, WBQA Denmark
Mr. Kim Shultz
President, WBQA Austria
Mr. Adolf Matzek
President, WBQA Germany
Mr. Volker Elm
President, WBQA Venezuela
José Luis Carrasquero
President, WBQA Finland
President Association Togolaise pour la Promotion du Barbecue
Chef Essowè Simlissi
President, Ghana BBQ Association
Eyram Nyesitsofe Doris Afi Lumor:
WBQA Ambassador for Africa
President, WBQA Estonia
Mr. Roland Õunapuu
President, WBQA Poland
Mr. Grzegorz Kazubski
President, WBQA Lithuania
Mr. Lukas Semeževičius
Presidente Asociación Chilena de Parrilleros &
WBQA South American Ambassador
Rodrigo Gomez Arriagada
President, WBQA South Africa
President, WBQA Mexico
Juan Pablo Rivabella
President, WBQA Hungary
Mr. Istvan Krivacs