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Meathead Goldwyn

A Barbecue Hall of Famer, New York Times bestseller, columnist, and culinary expert on all things barbecue and wine.

Meet Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead Goldwyn is one of only 36 living Barbecue Hall of Famers, publisher of, which Forbes called “By far the leading resource for BBQ and grilling information,” and the author of the New York Times bestseller Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. He is also available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Meathead’s fees.

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Meathead Goldwyn has carved a trailblazing culinary career. But before we go any further…


As he explains it, “Dad was the first to call me Meathead after watching Archie Bunker and now everyone calls me that. No offense taken. In fact, I love it.”

A Culinary Powerhouse

Above all, Meathead is one of only 36 living inductees into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Additionally, the Chicago Tribune called him “as brainy as Food Network’s Alton Brown.” On top of being a New York Times bestseller, his book Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling was named one of the “100 Best Cookbooks of All Time” by Southern Living Magazine and an “indispensable guide” by The New Yorker.

After studying journalism at the University of Florida, he earned the world’s 1st Master’s degree in Art in Technology (previously called Generative Systems) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has written articles about food and drink for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Restaurant Hospitality, and many other publications.

Furthermore, Meathead lectured for more than a decade on wine at Cornell University’s famous School of Hotel Administration. He has also been a guest lecturer at Yale and many cooking schools. 

As the founder of the Beverage Testing Institute he has produced 7 books on wine, beer, and spirits. The trade magazine, Beverage Media, named Meathead one of the 12 most influential people in the wine industry.

In short, Meathead’s impact in the culinary world is nothing short of outstanding. He is the perfect choice for food judging, cooking demonstrations, and corporate team building events.

How to Hire Meathead Goldwyn

Find out how to hire Meathead Goldwyn to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Meathead Goldwyn’s availability and cost. When booking Meathead Goldwyn for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Meathead Goldwyn is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Meathead Goldwyn booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Meathead Goldwyn Booking Price

How much to book Meathead Goldwyn depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire Meathead Goldwyn for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, Meathead Goldwyn is available for conferences, festivals, private parties, and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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Key Audience Takeaways

Meathead has a 1 hour presentation titled “Old Husband’s Tales, Barbecue Myths That Deserve To Die.” He is also a regular food and wine competition judge. These are some of the places where Meathead has judged:

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