Dominique Leach is one of the biggest names in barbecue. A classically trained chef turned pitmaster, Chef Dominique worked in some of Chicago’s most prestigious…
Dominique Leach is a classically trained chef turned nationally recognized pitmaster. First garnering culinary experience in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Chicago, Leach then branched out with her wife Tanisha in 2016 to create her own catering company. Inspired by fond childhood memories of her grandmother, Betty King of Lexington, Mississippi, who filled the house with flavorful aromas of home-cooked meals, Dominique then launched a successful food truck, Lexington Betty Smoke House.
Her expertise and soulful food would earn her a spot on The Food Network’s show Chopped and as a judge/contestant on Food Network Canada Fire Masters, recognition as the “Best Barbecue in Chicago” by Good Morning America, as well as a full brick-and-mortar home for Lexington Betty on the South Side of Chicago. Chef Leach and her wife’s hard work and persistence in a male-dominated industry have helped them to carve out a name for themselves in the culinary world in Chicago and beyond.