John T. Edge, monthly food columnist for the New York Times and a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, gave the 2010-11 Charleston Lecture on April 6, 2011. In his lecture he talked about the idea of bbq pitmasters and how the use of that honorific has changed our idea about bbq and trace the history of bbq in the South through the stories of individual pitmasters across the region.

John T. Edge is a longtime columnist for the Oxford American and was a contributing editor at Gourmet. His work for Saveur and other magazines has been featured in seven editions of the Best Food Writing compilation. He has been nominated for five James Beard Foundation Awards, including two M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Awards. In 2009, he was inducted into Beard's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

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