Paul Kirk is the esteemed recipient of many of the barbecuing world's highest honors and has won over 400 cooking and barbecue awards, including nine World Championships. He was the champion of the American Royal Open (the world's largest barbecue contest), The American Royal Invitational, The Jack Daniel's Invitational, The World Brisket Championship, and BarbeQlossal - The World Pork Championship. Twice he won the K.C.B.S. Champion of Champions and The World Cup Barbecue Championship in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland. Paul was also voted the "1990 Chef of the Year" by his peers in the American Culinary Federation, Greater Kansas City Chef's Association. Among his distinguished titles are CWC (Certified Working Chef), Ph.B. (Doctor of Barbecue or Philosopher of Barbecue), and Ambassador of Barbecue, Order of the Magic Mop. He is widely known as the Kansas City Baron of Barbecue and has had the title of B.S.A.S., B.S. Artist Supreme bestowed on him.
Chef Paul has taught barbecue for the last four years to students across the United States. The awards his students have won include the American Royal Open, The Jack Daniel's Invitational, The Kansas State Championship, The North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and British Columbia Barbecue Championships, and the K.C.B.S. Championship.
Paul Kirk has trained barbecue restaurant staff for restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and the Kansas City area. He has also trained chefs for Walt Disney World.