Chris Terlikar's Profile

Chris Terlikar is the owner and chef of Melbourne's BlueBonnet Barbecue. His early career had its roots firmly in fine dining at the likes of Michelin star restaurant PUBLIC in New York, but a chance encounter with Hill Country barbecue food at Fette Sau in Brooklyn led to an 8 week trip around Texas that revolutionised his style of cooking.

In Texas, he was guided by pit boss heavyweights Tom Micklethwaite and Evan Le Roy, doing 18 hour stints to make the perfect brisket – a true labour of love. Since moving back to Melbourne Terlikar has made a name for Bluebonnet by developing a distinctive barbecue style which tips its hat to the thriving U.S. inspired food scene.

He may have hand-built his first smoker out of a toolbox, a dishwasher pipe and a shed load of black heat proof paint but Terlikar’s new one is a beast of a machine, made out of a smoke machine from a nightclub at the Crown casino. The pairing of such a powerful tool with Terlikar’s innovative techniques and near twenty years experience in the food industry unsurprisingly delivers insanely delicious results.