History

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.

World BBQ Association Directors

  • President, WBQA & Director of Training
    President, WBQA & Director of Training Mr. Jeremy Fowler

    United Kingdom

  • WBQA Vice President
    WBQA Vice President Mr. Michael Andersson

    Sweden

  • CEO, WBQA
    CEO, WBQA Mr. Patrick O’Sullivan

    Ireland

  • WBQA Director of Judging
    WBQA Director of Judging Mr. Kim Shulz

    Denmark

  • WBQA Ambassador in Europe
    WBQA Ambassador in Europe Mr. Wim Vink

    Netherland

  • WBQA Senior Trainer
    WBQA Senior Trainer Mr. Ken Switzer

    Ireland

  • WBQA Senior Trainer
    WBQA Senior Trainer Mr. Mike Thompson

    Texas, USA

  • WBQA Public Relation Officer
    WBQA Public Relation Officer Mr. Benjamin Barlet

    United Kingdom

  • WBQA IT Director
    WBQA IT Director Mr. Domenico Martini

    Italy

  • WBQA Office Manager
    WBQA Office Manager Mrs. Fiona O’Sullivan

    Ireland

World BBQ Association Country Member Presidents

  • President, WBQA Italy
    President, WBQA Italy Mr. Domenico Martini

    Italy

  • President, WBQA UK
    President, WBQA UK Mr. Benjamin Barlet

    United Kingdom

  • President, WBQA Atlanta, USA
    President, WBQA Atlanta, USA Mr. Bob Herndon

    Atlanta, USA

  • President, WBQA Netherlands
    President, WBQA Netherlands Mr. Wim Vink

    Netherlands

  • President, WBQA Lebanon
    President, WBQA Lebanon Mario Aoun
  • President, WBQA Portugal
    President, WBQA Portugal Mr. Samuel Barros

    Portugal

  • President, WBQA Ireland
    President, WBQA Ireland Mr. Kenneth Switzer

    Ireland

  • President, WBQA Ukraine
    President, WBQA Ukraine Mr. Oleksandr Konstantynov

    Ukraine

  • President, WBQA Sweden
    President, WBQA Sweden Mr. Ulrik Lindelőv

    Sweden

  • President, WBQA Denmark
    President, WBQA Denmark Mr. Kim Shultz

    Denmark

  • President, WBQA Austria
    President, WBQA Austria Mr. Adolf Matzek

    Austria

  • President, WBQA Germany
    President, WBQA Germany Mr. Volker Elm

    Germany

  • President, WBQA Venezuela
    President, WBQA Venezuela José Luis Carrasquero

    Venezuela

  • President Belgian BBQ Association
    President Belgian BBQ Association Rudy Jaques

    Belgium

  • President, WBQA Finland
    President, WBQA Finland Tuomo Ahokanto

    Finland

  • President, Ghana BBQ Association
    President, Ghana BBQ Association Michael Quainoo

    Ghana

  • President, WBQA Congo-Brazzeville
    President, WBQA Congo-Brazzeville Chef Honor Toudissa

    Congo-Brazzeville

  • President Association Camerounaise Barbecue
    President Association Camerounaise Barbecue Chef Amadou Bachirou

    Cameroon

  • President Association Togolaise pour la Promotion du Barbecue
    President Association Togolaise pour la Promotion du Barbecue Chef Essowè Simlissi

    Togo

  • WBQA Ambassador, Chef
    WBQA Ambassador, Chef Eyram Nyesitsofe Doris Afi Lumor

    Afrika

  • President, WBQA Estonia
    President, WBQA Estonia Mr. Roland Õunapuu

    Estonia

  • President, WBQA Lithuania
    President, WBQA Lithuania Mr. Lukas Semeževičius

    Lithuania

  • Presidente Asociación Chilena de Parrilleros & WBQA South American Ambassador
    Presidente Asociación Chilena de Parrilleros & WBQA South American Ambassador Rodrigo Gomez Arriagada

    Chile

  • President, WBQA South Africa
    President, WBQA South Africa Dany Leribaux

    South Africa

  • President, WBQA Brazil
    President, WBQA Brazil Mr. Jose Rodrigues De Oliveria Neto

    Brazil ; Contact

  • Plancha Barbecue
    Plancha Barbecue Mona Leone
  • President, WBQA Greece
    President, WBQA Greece Mirsini Lampraki
  • President, WBQA Mexico
    President, WBQA Mexico Juan Pablo Rivabella

    Mexico

  • President, WBQA Hungary
    President, WBQA Hungary Mr. Istvan Krivacs

    Hungary

  • President, WBQA Argentina
    President, WBQA Argentina Mr. Gonzalo Riera

    Argentina

 
 
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