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Meathead Goldwyn

My given name is Craig Goldwyn, but everyone calls me “Meathead” or “Meat” for short. Sometimes they call me other things that I can’t print. Dad was the first to call me Meathead after watching Archie Bunker. You don’t want to know what my editors and my wife call me. If you’ve read this far, you’re my buddy and you can call me whatever you want.

Why am I producing AmazingRibs.com, The Science of Barbecue, Grilling, and Outdoor Cooking? Because I am a Barbecue Whisperer and Hedonism Evangelist. An eater, drinker, writer, photographer, and teacher and I love cooking, eating, and feeding loved ones. The Roman god Bacchus is my paragon.

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Science
  • Grilling
  • Wine & Spirits
  • Barbecue
  • Photography


I’ve had the privilege of judging barbecue from Kansas City to Memphis, and wine from California to Italy. I have been a judge at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. I founded the Beverage Testing Institute and its World Wine Championships, World Beer Championships, and World Spirits Championships. In addition, I have served as Chief Judge of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Chief Judge of the College Football Hall of Fame Kickoff Riboff.

Other Experiences

Along the way I have tried to share my love of the sensory with words and pictures. I was a journalism major at the University of Florida and I have written hundreds of articles about food and drink as a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, and scores more for Restaurant Hospitality, a trade magazine.

I’ve been helping folks learn about food and drink online since 1990 when I started Wine & Dine Online as part of LAOnline, long before anybody typed “w” three times in a row or a dot followed by a com. I then hosted the Food & Drink Network on America Online from 1992-2000, built Tastings.com in 1998, and then built AmazingRibs.com in 2006.

I lectured for more than a decade on wine at Cornell University’s famous Hotel School in Ithaca, NY, and I was an adjunct teaching art at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago for three years. As founder of the Beverage Testing Institute I produced seven books on wine, beer, and spirits.

Somewhere along the way I studied photography with the great Jerry N. Uelsmann and picked up the world’s first Masters degree in Art in Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My photos have been bought by a lot of folks from TIME to Playboy, and my first one man show was at the gallery at Robert Mondavi Winery.