Episode 16

Chef Winnie Yee-Lakhani: how she’s creating a new style of BBQ by weaving in her Malaysian-Chinese roots (S8/Ep.16)

Published on: 18th January, 2023

Winnie Yee-Lakhani is a chef, mom, entrepreneur and the self-taught “Pit Madam” / founder of Smoke Queen Barbecue. She was a finalist on Food Network's “BBQ Brawl” (Season 3) and was featured on the “Kelly Clarkson Show.” In this episode, we learn how Winnie weaves in the flavors of her Malaysian-born Chinese childhood with traditional American smoking techniques to create a unique style of barbecue. We discuss her thoughts on stepping into a mostly male dominant field, how she balances owning multiple businesses while being a mom of two kids, and what inspired her to create a restaurant during the pandemic. Winnie is a proud supporter of Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), an organization that has been dedicated to enhancing the health, social, and economic well-being of the under-served populations in Orange County, CA. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Plate… with Chef Winnie Yee-Lakhani.

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