Trudi Webster, Media Director                    
Bite of Seattle
® 2019
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BBQ Master Chefs to Compete in World Qualifier ‘Golden Ticket’ Competition at the Bite of Seattle®

Wednesday July 10, 2019 — Seattle, WA — Are you ready to experience the ultimate BBQ competition at the Bite? Seasoned BBQ Master Chefs from all over the United States and Canada, will compete in a three-day back-to-back Gladiator of the Grill competition, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, as a qualifier for a Golden Ticket to the 2019 World Steak Championships.

The Gladiator of the Grill competition will be held just south of the International Fountain area, during the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle® from Friday through Sunday, July 19th-21st, 2019, at Seattle Center, in Seattle Washington.

BBQ Master Chefs will compete each day, on equipment provided by Albert Lee Appliance, with the goal to cook the perfect BBQ meat, to be judged by nationally recognized BBQ judges, in conjunction with the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA). In addition, outside of the BBQ qualifying periods each day, cooking demonstrations, and the Albert Lee Appliance BBQ and Grill Sale happens all weekend during the Bite.

The BBQ Master Chefs come from Seattle to Jacksonville, Memphis to Canada; are regulars on the competitive BBQ circuit; most have appeared on cooking shows with celebrity chefs..and, all are ‘fired’ up to win that Golden Ticket.

The lineup of competitors is full of personality and stories, including that of BBQ Chef Casey Jones, from “Miracle in the Kitchen” in Jacksonville, FL.
On January 15, 2009, Casey was aboard US Airways Flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River, which became known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Casey waited 17 minutes for his turn to be rescued. When he climbed aboard the New York Waterways ferry, Casey was the last person on either wing.

The emcee for Gladiator of The Grill, is none other than the Aussie BBQ Master, and owner of BushCooking.Com, Saffron Hodgson, who is internationally recognized for her award-winning BBQ.

Gladiator of the Grill Schedule: 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) & 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Sunday) Visit NEW! GLADIATOR OF THE GRILL WORLD QUALIFIER BBQ COMPETITION TO HEAT UP THE BITE!

BBQ Master Chefs from all over the USA, and Canada will battle it out at the Gladiator of the Grill BBQ competition, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, for their chance to win a Golden Ticket to the 2019 World Steak Championships. Please visit to view the full BBQ Master Chef lineup, competition and demonstration schedule.

Golden Ticket Awards Ceremonies: Friday, July 19th & Saturday, July 20th: 8:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 21st: 7:30 p.m

Along with the new Gladiator of the Grill BBQ competition, the Bite hosts over 200 food and specialty vendors, 70 live acts on 3 stages, FREE Movie Night featuring Wayne’s World, The Alley Six Course ‘Multi-Bite’ Experience, MUNCHIES @ The Mural, the Family FunZone, The Bite Cooks!, and more.

The Bite of Seattle® is a free-to-attend community festival, and in an effort for guests to experience the best of the Bite of Seattle®, we are excited to also offer discounted food and drink packages including the Experience Bite Package which includes Craft Beer & Cider Tasting + The Alley, plus The Alley stand-alone ticket, and, the Craft Beer & Cider Tasting Only Package. Discounted packages are on sale online, now.


Bite of Seattle®
Friday-Sunday, July 19-21, 2019
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
To purchase discounted packages, and for more info: