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KCBS Team Bios
CRAZY COYOTEYear Started: 2014
Jonathan Knopf--Pit Master
Jonathan was Assistant Pitmaster on the championship BBQ team Ribs Within from 2006 to 2013. Many adventures with his good buddy Doug Keiles, including competing at Meatopia in Oakland, California (2012) and the American Royal in 2013.
Born in Dallas, TX, Jonathan, worked in the restaurant business while going to school. His travels have taken him through states deeply rooted with unique barbecue traditions from Texas to Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey and now Colorado. Moved from New Jersey to Colorado in 2013. Jonathan is an avid hunter, fisherman and private pilot. He is Senior Consultant for the Coaching Company, in the television news business.
Adam Feinberg--Assistant Pit Master
Adam is a native of Maryland. His passion for cooking and discovering the culinary world opened up for him in Denver, Colorado. His cooking was influence by his family who started teaching him his way around a kitchen, when Adam was just four years-old. At 16, Adam started his culinary journey at the King's Contrivance and Copeland's restaurants in Columbia, Maryland. His passion for cooking brought him to Denver, where he studied at the Emily Griffith Technical School, while working with several restaurants in Denver.
Adam appeared at the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas. There he met Ribs Within Pitmaster Doug Keiles, who was competing in the World Bacon Competition. Speaking of bacon and six degrees of separation, Doug connected Adam with his former Ribs Within compadre, Jonathan Knopf.
Brandon Spies--Team Member
Brandon grew up in New Mexico. After 23 years working in insurance and finance, in 2010, he turned his passion for cooking into a career. Currently, he is a personal chef in Denver, CO. Many of his clients are professional athletes, mainly with the NFL. Brandon specializes in cooking for clients with severe food allergies. He is married with three children.
Most wins in a year: 2006
Biggest Wins: On Team Ribs Within:
New Paltz, NY: Grand Champion
Team of the Year: Chicken
Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association
Bristol, PA: Grand Champion
Hamburg, PA: Grand Reserve Champion
Sponsors: MIDDLE PARK MEAT CO.