Full Cast of BBQ Brawl Season 5: Contestants & Judges In 2024 Episodes (Photos)

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BBQ Brawl Season 5 cast and contestants

BBQ Brawl comes back to Food Network for Season 5 in 2024 behind an impressive cast of contestants and judges.

First started in 2019, BBQ Brawl brings together some of the best barbecue chefs in the country, splitting them into three teams that compete against each other in weekly rounds.

The winner of this competition earns the coveted title of "Master of 'Cue" and gets their own round of programming on Food Network's website for their efforts.

2024's Season 5 premiered on Food Network on June 8, and the first episode is now streaming on Max.

Every Contestant & Judge in BBQ Brawl Season 5 Cast

Bobby Flay (Judge)

Bobby Flay in a pink shirt working a grill
Bobby Flay

Instagram: @bobbyflay

Longtime Food Network veteran Bobby Flay takes top billing in BBQ Brawl Season 5 as a judge and mentor, as he has done for the first four seasons.

Flay is a 30-year veteran of the Food Network, having hosted over a dozen shows as a chef and judge, and having won four Emmy awards in his time on TV. 

This includes programs such as Beat Bobby Flay, Worst Cooks in America, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, and Bobby's Triple Threat.

Outside of the Food Network, Chef Flay is a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner and he currently owns three different restaurants (per Yahoo). Those restaurants are Bobby's Burger Palace, Amalfi, and Brasserie B, the latter two located in Las Vegas, NV.

Sunny Anderson (Judge)

Sunny Anderson in a red shirt
Sunny Anderson

Instagram: @sunnyanderson

Standing alongside Flay as another judge and mentor is Chef Sunny Anderson, a 19-year Food Network veteran. She first joined BBQ Brawl in 2023 for Season 4 and returns for a second run in Season 5.

Anderson has hosted over a dozen shows on Food Network and other channels over the past two decades. This includes appearances on The Kitchen, NFL Tailgate Takedown, and Easter Basket Challenge.

Michael Voltaggio (Judge)

Michael Voltaggio in a black shirt and an apron in a kitchen
Michael Voltaggio

Instagram: @mvoltaggio

Completing the trio of judges on BBQ Brawl Season 5 is Michael Voltaggio.

Voltaggio broke onto the cooking scene by winning Season 6 of Bravo's Top Chef, competing against his brother, Bryan Voltaggio, in the finale.

He appeared as a judge on 2022's The Julia Child Challenge and occasionally judges and competes on Guy's Grocery Games, hosted by Guy Fieri. 

The chef was also handpicked by Bobby Flay to be one of three culinary Titans on Bobby's Triple Threat.

Andrea Nicholson

Andrea Nicholson in a red shirt in front of a barn
Andrea Nicholson

Instagram: @chefandreanicholson

Andrea Nicholson is a Canadian barbecue chef who owns her own restaurant chain, Butchie's, which is known for its bar-style food and ice cream.

Nicholson is also a judge on the Canadian cooking series Fire Masters along with the American series Top Chef All-Star.

Ashley Turner

Ashley Turner in a red plaid shirt and red bandanna in front of a barn
Ashley Turner

Instagram: @chefanessa

Ashley Turner is a Wisconsin-based chef who works as the Executive Chef/Culinary Director at Hacienda Taproom and Kitchen in Milwaukee.

Per MKE Lifestyle, she spent multiple summers cooking at the Wisconsin State Fair, where she created award-winning dishes while she worked as a chef.

Bruce Kalman

Bruce Kalman in a black shirt in front of a barn
Bruce Kalman

Instagram: @chefbkalman

Chef Bruce Kalman is the head smoker and founder at Soul Belly BBQ in Las Vegas, Nevada, and specializes in pickles at his other business, the BK Brinery.

Outside of his work as a chef, Kalman is a father, focuses energy on his physical fitness, and is passionate about music.

Elena Terry

Elena Terry in overalls and a black shirt in front of a barn
Elena Terry

Instagram: @chefelenaterry

Chef Elena Terry's biggest claim to fame is her work as the founder of Wild Bearies, a Wisconsin Dells-based catering nonprofit organization.

Through this organization, she feeds ancestral foods to Indigenous communities in her area, embracing her Native American heritage through her work.

Erica Barrett

Erica Barrett in a white shirt and a denim top in front of a barn
Erica Barnett

Instagram: @iamericabarrett

Chef Erica Barrett hails from Atlanta, Georgia, working as the owner of both the Southern Kitchen Oyster Bar and Dough Boy Pizza.

She is also a veteran of ABC's Shark Tank, striking a deal for her pitch with Barbara Corcoran after getting offers from her and Kevin O’Leary.

Flora Kamimura

Flora Kamimura in a green collared shirt in front of a barn
Flora Kamimura

Instagram: @florakamimura

Flora Kamimura is a Hawai'i native from the big island who works as a private chef.

She is deeply involved with Forged to Fire Hawai'i, which is a cooking experience that uses live fire as part of the food preparations.

Hugh Magnum

Hugh Magnum in a grey and red shirt in front of a barn
Hugh Magnum

Instagram: @hugh_magnum

Hugh Magnum comes from Wilton, Connecticut, and he owns Rise Doughnut and Mighty Quinn's BBQ.

Passionate about using wood in his cooking, Magnum brings barbecue to the table for a living with his unique cooking style.

Logan Sandoval

Logan Sandoval in a tie-dye shirt and a purple bandanna in front of a barn
Logan Sandoval

Instagram: @zef.bbq

Chef Logan Sandoval comes from California but specializes in traditional Texas-style barbecue with his food.

He owns a company called ZEF BBQ, where he hopes to mesh old-school and new-school techniques for flavor, presentation, and execution for his customers.

Noah Sims

Noah Sims in a pink shirt and tie-dye overalls in front of a white house
Noah Sims

Instagram: @mountain_man_sims

Listed at a whopping 6'7" tall on his Instagram page, Noah Sims brings big energy to his food as well.

Along with his passion for movies seen on his social media, he is heavily connected to religion and lists himself as a humanitarian.

Ray Lampe

Ray Lampe in a black shirt in front of a barn
Ray Lampe

Instagram: @realdrbbq

Also known as Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe is a Chicago, Illinois-based chef who spent 25 years in the trucking business before diving into a career as an outdoor cook.

He was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014, and he's been a judge on Firemasters, Chopped, and Smoked.

Samantha Cruz

Samantha Cruz in a tan collared shirt in front of a barn
Samantha Cruz

Instagram: @conservacruz

Conserva Cruz is a cooking show veteran, having won Food Network's Beachside Brawl in Season 2 and a June 2024 episode of Food Network's Chopped.

She also runs her own pop-up food events in multiple Florida cities.

Shannon Snell

Shannon Snell in a black leather jacket in front of a white house

Instagram: @relationshipribs

Shannon Snell has a regular job as a cook, working as a BBQ Head Pitmaster at the popular Sonny's BBQ chain.

Away from the grill, he was an offensive lineman for the University of Florida from 2000 to 2003, and he was voted as a first-team All-American player. He would later play on the practice squads for the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

New episodes of BBQ Brawl Season 5 air on the Food Network on Mondays. at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT before coming to Max.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.