In 1971, John H. Willingham began searching for the best available method for cooking barbecue. Unsatisfied with what he found, he conceived the W'ham Turbo Cooker design and began developing the all-purpose W'ham Seasonings and W'ham Sauces. Then in 1982, John put his cooking method, seasoning and sauce to the test in the Memphis in May International Bar-B-Que Festival. His Team, "The River City Rooters", won first place in Ribs, and was named The Overall World's Bar-B-Que Grand Champion. Again in 1984 John's Ribs won first place and also the World's Grand Champion In the Memphis in May event. The next year, at the American Royal BBQ contest, John was awarded 1st place Pork, 1st Place Beef, 1st Place Lamb, and, you guessed it; Overall Grand Champion. John's cooking, seasoning, and sauces continue to win top awards every year.