Melissa Cookston is an American chef and author. She is the chef/owner of two restaurants, Memphis BBQ Company and Green Tomato Catering. She is the author of two cookbooks, Smokin in the Boy’s Room (2014) and Smokin’ Hot in the South (2016). Melissa is a seven-time world American barbecue champion. In addition, Cookston has twice won top prize at the Memphis in May American Barbecue World Championship and is the only female American barbecue world champion. She still serves as pitmaster of Yazoo’s Delta Q barbecue team
Since 2012, she has appeared on TV shows such as BBQ Pitmasters, Chopped, CBS This Morning, and The Kitchen, The American Barbecue Showdown, among others.