CBBQA Hall of Fame
The CBBQA Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognize CBBQA members who personify the very best of what the CBBQA stands for - service, competition, and education.
The qualities that are honored here are:
- A minimum of five years membership (current) in and service to the CBBQA
- A history of community service through CBBQA projects
- A history of competition (as a cook, judge, or rep)
- A history of educational service (training new teams or judges, community education, etc.)
Each year, one or two CBBQA members are nominated by current Hall of Famers for confirmation by the CBBQA Board of Directors.
Current Hall of Fame Members
- Dan Cannon - Inducted February 10, 2007
- Gene Goycochea - Inducted February 10, 2007
- Brent Walton - Inducted February 9, 2008
- Kim Walton - Inducted February 9, 2008
- Frank Boyer - Inducted February 14th, 2009
- Ric Gilbert - Inducted February 14th, 2009
- Randy Gille - Inducted February 6th, 2010
- Kelly McIntosh - Inducted February 12th, 2011
- Kathleen McIntosh - Inducted February 12th, 2011
- Ben Lobenstein - Inducted February 12th, 2011
- Laurence Hill - Inducted February 12th, 2012
- Bill Keyes - Inducted February 9th, 2013
Above, picture taken at Q-Fest, San Dimas. All California BBQ Association "Hall of Fame" Inductees presented in picture.
From the left - Bill Keyes, Laurence Hill, Kelly McIntosh, Kathleen McIntosh, Gene Goycochea, Brent Walton, Kim Walton, Frank Boyer, Ric Gilbert, Dan Cannon, Randy Gille, & Ben Lobenstein
2007 Inaugural Inductee Class
As printed in Smokin' Times, March 2007 editon of National Barbecue News:
Two individuals consistently stand out for their community service, willingness to share and educate, and their longstanding dedication to CBBQA.
Dan Cannon and Gene Goycochea, the first inductees to the CBBQA Hall of Fame, have made their mark successfully competing in BBQ and serve as an example to others of spirit and comradeship.
Dan is a founding member of the Southern California BBQ Association(SCBBQA), the predecessor to CBBQA, where he served twice as president. This organizer of Q-Fest has been both a grand champion and a reserve grand champion of past KCBS competitions. Dan has volunteered countless times to help serve and assist at charity events.
Gene Goycochea is another founding member of SCBBQA and has taken on the presidency 2-1/2 times. He is both a rep and an instructor. A skilled cooker, he has placed 1st in brisket at the American Royal. He is best known, however, for his dedication to childrenâs charities having organized many events including the Imperial Beach Surf & Turf the proceeds of which are donated to young children in need.
Both men started competing in BBQ at the same time so it is appropriate that they were both inducted together to the CBBQA Hall of Fame.
10-Feb-2007, Gene Goycochea (Left) and Dan Cannon (Middle) are inducted into California BBQ Hall of Fame by Thom Emery, CBBQA 2007 President
2008 Inductee Class
Brent Walton and Kim Walton are inducted into California BBQ Association Hall of Fame by current members Gene Goycochea and Dan Cannon. Both Brent and Kim were equally acknowledged for their skills and individual accomplishments in the BBQ community over the last six years. Brent and Kim, as BBQ team QN4U, have set an unprecedented award winning pace in the west coast world of BBQ. They have served on the CBBQA board, created state championship BBQ contests in Modesto and Clovis California, put together and attended Military charitable events, won more State championships than any other team in California, and provided BBQ Competition classes to teach all involved in BBQ how to accomplish what they have learned to do so well. AND, that does not begin to touch on the positive attitude and results they have brought to the California BBQ community overall (not to mention the country) through all of their extensive BBQ educational, competition, charitable, and community service activities. In general they have made a name and reputation for BBQ excellence throughout the United States. Together they have created a new level of BBQ achievement and excellence that we all can aspire to and work towards.
Congratulations to both Brent and Kim for their tremendous dedication and commitment to BBQ and this well deserved salutation.
9-Feb-2008, Brent Walton (red shirt) & Kim Walton (red shirt), are inducted into the California BBQ Hall of Fame by current members Gene Goycochea (Black shirt) & Dan Cannon (White shirt)
2009 Inductee Class
Frank Boyer and Ric Gilbert are inducted into California BBQ Association Hall of Fame by current members Gene Goycochea, Dan Cannon, Brent Walton (Kim Walton was detained on business in Clovis California).
14-Feb-2009, Frank Boyer (right) being inducted into the Califoria BBQ Hall of Fame by Gene Goycochea and Dan Cannon
Above Frank is fully acknowledged for his skills and individual accomplishments in the BBQ community well over the last two decades. Per Frank's acceptance his history goes back to the early 1990's. Frank is a true pioneer in the creation, development, and implementation, of BBQ growth and activities in California. Working and partnering with folks to create BBQ events, BBQ classes, and BBQ activities in California when nobody else even knew what real BBQ was. Frank served early on as one of the founding Presidents of the CBBQA, created & organized some of the first state championship BBQ contests in California, put together BBQ Cooking classes with legends like Paul Kirk and other great BBQ pioneers to provide BBQ Competition classes. Frank also organizes a yearly Northern California CBBQA Picnic to teach all involved (beginners & experts) in BBQ how to cook great backyard BBQ or win a BBQ contest. Here is a long overdue congratulations and well deserved Hall of Fame induction presented to Frank for his, dedication, tenacity, and commitment, to BBQ and the BBQ family and community.
14-Feb-2009, Ric Gilbert (blue jacket) being inducted into the Califoria BBQ Hall of Fame by Gene Goycochea, Dan Cannon, & Brent Walton
Above Ric is being acknowledged for his selfless dedication towards charitable events, BBQ organizational skills, educational efforts, and individual accomplishments in the BBQ community over the last decade that benefits everybody he makes contact with. Ric stated in his acceptance that he started in the BBQ community at the Pasa Tiempo California State BBQ Championship organized by Frank Boyer in late 1990's. Ric is truly dedicated to the continuance of charitable activities, organized educational contests and events, and in keeping a tradition and history of planned events and activities occurring yearly in Northern California. This of course only facilitates the growth of BBQ and related charitable activities in California. Congratulations to Ric Gilbert for his commitment, selflessness, dedication, and commitment to BBQ for this well deserved Hall of Fame induction.
Congratulations to all new inductees and continued success in your BBQ accomplishments !!!
2010 Inductee Class
06-Feb-2010, Randy Gille, right, being inducted into the Califoria BBQ Hall of Fame by CBBQA President, Laurence Hill
Above Randy Gille is being acknowledged for his continued dedication (especially Church and Military) towards many charitable events, and his organizational accomplishments in the BBQ community over the years that benefit everybody he makes contact with. Congratulations Randy for your continued and ongoing commitment and selfless dedication to BBQ, our organization, and the many folks you touch every year with your assistance and generosity. Welcome from your BBQ family on your well deserved 2010 entry into the California BBQ Hall of Fame.
2011 Inductee Class
12-Feb-2011, Kelly & Kathleen McIntosh, above, being inducted into the Califoria BBQ Hall of Fame.
Above Kelly & Kathleen McIntosh are being acknowledged for their long hours, weekly travel through all the years, and dedicated consistency in helping to make their BBQ contests the best managed, judged, team friendly, and reliably scored !!! Besides for making BBQ events in general happen by their availability. Especially in California as the best and most dedicated KCBS and IBCAA certified representatives. Over the last 5 years their contributions have benefited the CBBQA, all BBQ competition teams, BBQ contest organizers, and everybody that enjoys and is involved with BBQ. Congratulations Kelly and Kathleen for everything you have done for all BBQ enthusiasts. Welcome both from your BBQ family on your well deserved 2011 entry into the California BBQ Hall of Fame.
12-Feb-2011, Ben Lobenstein, above, being inducted into the Califoria BBQ Hall of Fame.
Above Ben Lobenstein is being acknowledged for his dedication to making BBQ contests happen as a dedicated and fantastic BBQ Contests/Events Organizer and Facilitator. Consistently ensuring through long hours, over past years, and dedicated consistency, in helping to make his BBQ contests the best organized, managed, and team friendly. Not to mention making BBQ events happen and come into existence where otherwise there would not be any. AND, lest we not forget to mention his dedication to making the California BBQ Association website, www.CBBQA.com exist, current, and function in a dynamic and processional fashion. This is no easy task and takes button-pushing on a daily basis, not to mention being on the receiving end if something goes wrong and being able to take the heat and make the site better than ever, EVERYTIME!!! Congratulations Ben for everything you have done for all BBQ enthusiasts (especially in California). Welcome from your BBQ family on your well deserved 2011 entry into the California BBQ Hall of Fame.
2012 Inductee Class
11-Feb-2012, Laurence Hill, above, inducted into the California BBQ Hall of Fame.
Above Laurence (Larry) Hill is being acknowledged for his long-term dedication to serving the California BBQ Association. Laurence âLarryâ Hill, a longtime member of the California BBQ Association has volunteered his services as a member of the Board of Directors for 5 consecutive years (2007-2011) . Larry also served as President for 3 years, overseeing the Association during record setting years (2009-2011) of fund raising and charitable donations. Larry has volunteered tirelessly in CBBQA educational events that have helped raise large amounts of revenue for California Childrenâs charities. The CBBQA realized substantial earning power under his leadership by overseeing the revamping of CBBQA programs such as Team of the Year and Business Membership making both solid revenue streams. As well as a being a top level Competitive BBQ cook, Larry is also a successful BBQ entrepreneur . Welcome Larry from all who love and enjoy BBQ and thank you for all of your tireless work in building our BBQ community !!!
2013 Inductee Class
9-Feb-2013, Bill Keyes, above, inducted into the California BBQ Hall of Fame.
Above Bill Keyes is being inducted into the CBBQA BBQ Hall of Fame and being acknowledged for his many years of dedication to serving as a board member and treasurer of the CBBQA and making BBQ Charitable events in California successful. As a longtime member of the California BBQ Association Bill has volunteered his services in a dedicated and tireless fashion while always being very detail orientated. Bill has volunteered consistently over the years to organize and participate in CBBQA charitable events that have helped the Veterans Administration, U.S. Military, and Solders & their dependents, at various VA, Marine, and Naval locations. All while at the same time Bill continues to support and compete (and win) at many BBQ contests throughout the years in California. Welcome to the CBBQA Hall of Fame Bill Keyes from your BBQ family and community who loves and enjoys what you do to further BBQ in California. Thank you for all of your efforts and commitment in making BBQ charitable events, BBQ in California, and the CBBQA successful and better organized.