Chef, Author, Entrepreneur, Media Personality
North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel, a.k.a. Grill Girl, is a nationally respected authority on grilling, barbecue and Southern food. She launched CarolinaCueToGo.com, an "online barbecue shack" specializing in North Carolina whole-hog barbecue seasoned with Karmel's signature Lexington-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce on November 1, 2014. This mash-up of eastern and western North Carolina styles is a "first" and Karmel believes is the best of what North Carolina barbecue has to offer the barbecue world. It may be untraditional, but Karmel believes that one bite will convince you that it is the best North Carolina barbecue that you have ever tasted.
Karmel created CarolinaCueToGo.com with her childhood friend, David Lineweaver who is known for hosting North Carolina barbecues in New York. The e-commerce website launched in time for holiday gift-giving and party throwing.
She is the founding executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn's Hill Country Chicken. She developed the award-winning menu and flavor profiles from the meats to the sides and desserts for both restaurant concepts. On July 4, 2012, The New York Times awarded Hill Country Barbecue Market NYC 2 stars and a glowing review that read like a love letter to barbecue and the Hill Country concept.
Karmel is a food writer, culinary consultant and entrepreneur. She writes a bi-monthly column for the Associated Press called The American Table and is the author of three acclaimed cookbooks. She designs an innovative line of outdoor cooking and kitchen tools, and recently introduced Elizabeth's Everyday Essentials line of French porcelain by Revol.
As a sought after media personality, Karmel writes for, and is frequently featured in an array of national magazines from Bon Appetit to Better Homes & Gardens, and was named one of the top 100 chefs by Saveur magazine.
She appears regularly on all three network morning shows and is a guest judge on Chopped and Iron Chef. She has appeared on a number of Food Network shows and hosted her own special on The Cooking Channel. Karmel is the founder of the decade-old, gender-breaking GirlsattheGrill.com. Follow her @GrillGirl and like her fan page on Facebook
Elizabeth Karmel is America's Female Grilling Expert.
—Steven Raichlen, author The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill