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Sam Jones

Chef / Ayden, NC
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Sam Jones

James Beard Award winner
Title: Pitmaster
Location: Ayden, NC
Establishment: Skylight Inn BBQ

Why he's a big deal: Named one of the "Top Ten Pitmasters in the South" by Southern Living, Sam Jones is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog barbecue. Skylight Inn won a James Beard award in 2003 for "Americas Classics."