Kevin Bludso Bio, Age, Parents, Wife, Restaurants, Net worth

Kevin Bludso Biography

Kevin Bludso, born in 1965 in Compton, California, is an American chef and restaurant owner. Previously, he worked as a correctional officer. Chef Bludso is a judge on Netflix’s Barbecue Showdown. He owns Bludso’s Bar & Que in Hollywood and San Antone in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin Bludso Age | Birthday

As of July 2024, Bludso is 59 years old. His birthday falls on March 27th every year. Kevin’s zodiac sign is Aries since he was born on March 27, 1965.

Kevin Bludso Parents

Kevin’s father served as a police officer at the Los Angeles Police Department, while his mother worked for the postal service. His culinary roots, however, trace back to his aunt, Willie Mae Fields, in Corsicana, Texas. It was there that he discovered the art of Texas-style barbecue at a young age.

Kevin Bludso
Chef Kevin Bludso

Kevin Bludso Height

The talented chef, Bludso stands at approximately 5 feet and 8 inches tall.

Kevin Bludso Wife and Children

Bludso has kept information on whether he is married and has a wife or not private. However, he is a proud father. Once we have information on whether Bludso is married or not, we shall update you.


Chef Kevin Bludso’s culinary adventure began when he opened Bludso’s BBQ in Compton in 2008. As the pitmaster, he crafted mouthwatering barbecue that quickly gained a devoted following. Despite challenges, including a dispute with the landlord, Kevin’s passion for barbecue persisted. He expanded his empire to include Bludso’s Bar & Que in Hollywood and even ventured across the globe to Melbourne, Australia, where he established San Antone.

Chef Buldso’s television appearances include shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and DivesBar Rescue, Fire Masters, and BBQ Brawl. Since 2020, he has been a judge on the Netflix series Barbecue Showdown.


Chef Kevin Bludso is the author of BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul. The book is available for purchase on


Kevin Bludso’s restaurants are:

  • Bludso’s BBQ: The original Compton location, where it all began.
  • Bludso’s Bar & Que: A Hollywood hotspot for barbecue enthusiasts.
  • San Antone (Melbourne, Australia): Bringing Texas-style barbecue Down Under.

Barbecue Showdown

Chef Kevin Bludso is a judge on the Netflix show Barbecue Showdown. He is the judge alongside chef Melissa Cookston, while Michelle Buteau hosts. Barbecue Showdown’s new season on Netflix premieres on July 4, 2024.

Kevin Bludso Net Worth

Bludso has an estimated net worth of over $5 million. He is a chef and restaurant owner. Chef Bludso owns Bludso’s Bar & Que in Hollywood and San Antone in Melbourne, Australia. He is also a former correctional officer. Moreover, Bludso is a judge on Netflix’s Barbecue Showdown.


Chef Bludso is active on Instagram. His Instagram handle is @kevinbludsobbq, with 58.5K followers as of July 2024.