Here’s a list of the of the very talented Chefs demo-ing their BBQ skills and more at The Big Meat 2018:

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic sponsor for our demo stage this year in Traeger grills… Find out more about them here.

Simon Dyer

Simon Dyer is the winner of ITV’s ‘BBQ CHAMP 2015’.

Based in Somerset, Simon has a passion for building and cooking on barbecues. Farm owner Simon, has used everything from bricks to a washing machine to construct BBQ’s and smokers.

Simon has a passion for the wild side of cooking outdoors and enjoys foraging for wild ingredients.

Marcus Bawdon


I’m very lucky to live in a beautiful part of Devon in the UK, I love to cook, grow my own vegetables, and take pictures of the food. I also work away in Aberdeen for 6 months of the year, so get to play with wonderful ingredients from the North of Scotland too.

I have a young family and we love to entertain, so I wanted to learn how to cook simply for large parties, and will share lots of tips and tricks on how to do this.

I am Editor of UK BBQ Mag an online Outdoor Cooking Mag aiming to inspire people to cook outdoors year round and published quarterly. You can find out more at

Jackie Weight

An ex-IT Consultant, turned livestock farmer and always a keen cook; Jackie has been barbecuing for more than 35 years. She became an ambassador of the ‘low and slow’ method of BBQ after taking a Competition BBQ Class in the USA in 2003. In 2004 she became the first and to date only, non-American to win the coveted ‘Grand Champion’ Title at the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ Competition in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In her ‘barbecue life’ she has won top 10 placements in each of the four main categories at The Jack and also won prizes at other BBQ contests in the USA. In 2013 Jackie was invited to cook in the ‘Winners Circle, Champion of Champions’ contest at The Jack, comprising the past 24 years’ Grand Champions battling it out in a winner takes all cook off. Jackie was awarded 2nd place in the Brisket category. She was the only non-American invited to cook in this contest.

Jackie runs her own BBQ Cookery School in Kent, she also produces her own range of award winning Rubs and Spice Blends. Jackie also runs a Restaurant Consultancy business combining her knowledge and experience of low and slow BBQ cooking, external catering, meat production and BBQ equipment to assist the setup of new American Style BBQ Restaurants. She has worked with celebrity chefs, top chefs and complete beginners, introducing them to low and slow cooking over wood. One of the early pioneers of bringing American Style BBQ to the UK, she is proud to have been heavily involved with several new, very successful restaurants and is looking forward to passing on her knowledge and experience to many more, helping to bring the American Style of low and slow Barbecue into the UK.

More information can be found on Jackie’s website:

Martin “Gaucho” Anderson

The travelling gaucho…

As the son of a farmer in San Luis, Argentina, Martin spent a lot of time with the gauchos of the Pampas- riding horses, working on the land, and roasting meats over live fire. His travels around Europe led him to London where he trained as a professional chef and worked in fine dining at Club Gascon, Comptoir Gascon and Mosimann’s Private dining rooms.

He specialises in live fire cooking and is currently working at Temper Soho managing the grills and on site butchery.

chef, butcher, asador
Insta @travellinggaucho


Please note, all details are correct at time of publish and although we sure hope they wont change, we also know that sometimes life happens so details may be subject to change.