Food And Drinks

Orlando restaurants hold fundraiser for the late Git-N-Messy BBQ chef’s family



Several central Florida restaurants are joining forces this week to raise money for the family of a beloved grill chef who was unexpectedly killed in an accident.

Chuck Cobb was one of the founders of Git-N-Messy Smokehouse & Tavern. He tragically died in a motorcycle accident last month, leaving behind his wife and four children.

On Wednesday May 12th, over 15 local restaurants will be participating in the “BBQ Around Orlando”. Each restaurant offers a special dish and / or drink. The proceeds go directly to Cobb’s wife and children.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, restaurants that have participated so far include:

  • Hunger Street Tacos
  • MX taco
  • Pigs & Sons
  • Taglish
  • Perla’s pizza
  • Pom Poms Tea House & Sandwicheria
  • Smoke & donuts
  • Neon Beach
  • Kai – Asian Street Fare
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
  • Tornatores Ristorante and Italian Market
  • Toro cap
  • Grandpa Orlando Tavern
  • Git N Messy Smokehouse & Tavern by Red-Eye
  • Lombardi’s seafood
  • Stefano’s Trattoria
  • Mason jar provisions

Cobb fans have paid tribute to the chef saying he has a larger than life personality who would be very much missed.

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“He made the best damn grill I’ve ever had in Florida,” said Louis Rosen. “He was kind of a genius – so creative with recipes and also so generous. He always asked how my wife was feeling, always remembered our commands. Big, exuberant personality. Full of life. I know I will never forget him. ” . “

Cobb made multiple appearances on Good Day Orlando with FOX 35’s David Martin, who says Cobb is “a special treat every time.”

Part of Git-N-Messy’s appeal was to have it at a Citgo gas station on the corner of Aloma Ave. and Hall Road began. The food was so popular that it was often sold out several hours before closing time. The grill shop is now located in the Red-Eye Sports Tavern in Winter Springs.

Cobb died of a motorcycle accident at the intersection of State Road 434 and Hayes Road in Winter Springs. He was 34 years old.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

“If you had the pleasure to know him, you have loved him. His amazing award-winning BBQ, his stupidity and his infectious smile. Any amount helps,” read the fundraiser.

You can donate HERE.


Janet Smith