To call Ed Randolph a jack of all trades is an understatement. Between his award winning BBQ Restaurant, bestselling cookbooks, TV appearances, and passion for racing, he is the definition of multifaceted. Despite his culinary success he remains humble and grateful, keeping the values of loyalty and generosity at the center of his work.
CHOPPED CHAMPION & BEYOND
In between running his business, being a father, and working at kpa, Ed still makes time to travel nationwide for cooking competitions. He began competing in 2010 and has since won awards such as Best Pizza in CT, KCBS State BBQ Championship Winner in six states, 2022 Ft. Lauderdale Food and Wine Festival BBQ Battle Champion, and Named 2022 Food Network Best BBQ Sauce of the Summer. One of his most noteworthy victories was when he was featured on an episode of The Food Network’s “Chopped” competition and won.
Ed describes competitions as a very unique problem solving challenge, where participant have to create stand out recipes while maintaining a level of familiarity and consistency for the judges. His focused demeanor, innovative mind, and instinctual skills allow him to thrive under pressure both on set and in the kitchen.
HANDSOME DEVIL BBQ
Located in Hudson Valley, NY, Ed’s restaurant “Handsome Devil BBQ” is an award winning culinary brand that delivers consistent traditional BBQ both in house and on the road. Since its inception in 2012, Ed’s brand has evolved from a startup company to multistate BBQ championship award winner. In 2017, Handsome Devil LLC was recognized by the Food Network as Champions for Best BBQ at the NYC Wine and Food Festival and they are the only New York BBQ company to be a feature vendor at the Memphis in May World BBQ championships. In addition, Handsome Devil has been named the principal BBQ vendor for the NYC Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, caterer for Warner Bros movie premiers, and much more.
As local residents and small business owners, Ed and his wife Noelle are committed to providing fresh, local ingredients that make the Handsome Devil brand stand out above the rest.
BEST SELLING COOKBOOKS
Ed and Noelle Randolph have authored two Amazon Best Selling cookbooks; “SMOKED” and “Showstopping BBQ with Your Traeger Grill.” They also released their third cookbook “Hot and Fast BBQ for Your Traeger Grill” in April, 2022. The first book was an idea the pair dreamed of while visiting their favorite BBQ restaurants in the country. Developed on a BBQ road trip from coast to coast with their three daughters, their first cookbook explores some of the best barbecue you could sink your teeth into. The second book was inspired by Mrs. Randolph’s first smoker, a Traeger Pellet Smoker. It’s geared towards the everyday cook looking to make something a little different for a family meal.