November 9-15, 2020

Orchid Paulmeier -


One Hot Mama's, The Lodge

Orchid Paulmeier runs her kitchen like she lives her life—surrounded by family, friends and feel-good food.

Orchid Paulmeier opened her first restaurant, One Hot Mama’s on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in 2003. She has
honed her culinary skills over time as a research chef and has expanded her culinary profile to include a craft beer bar, a
line of barbecue sauces and a calendar filled with appearances at major food events. She gleans enthusiasm from her
public appearances and participates annually in the Savannah Asian Festival, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and
Palmetto Bluff’s Music to Your Mouth.

In 2011 Orchid was among fifteen finalists in Season Seven of the Next Food Network Star reality series. In the same
year Orchid’s signature line of barbecue sauces Perfect 10 and One Hot Asian went public under the One Hot Mama’s
label. In that same year the signature label of Orchid’s dry rub called Backyard BBQ Rub was launched at the Atlantic
City Food & Wine Festival. Orchid’s broadcast experience did not end with her elimination in the Next Food Network
Star reality series. She launched a partnership with WHHI-TV in 2012 to deliver a local culinary program, The
Restaurant Show that airs seven days a week in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Between filming of the culinary show,
attending annual festival engagements, participating in food demonstrations and actively serving in the operations of her
two restaurants, One Hot Mama’s and The Lodge, it can certainly be said that Orchid has achieved the American Dream.One

  • Hot Mama’s ~ Hilton Head Island, SC
  • The Lodge ~ Hilton Head Island, SC
  • WHHI-TV’s The Restaurant Show ~ Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Counties, South Carolina

Personal byline: Orchid is married to Mike Paulmeier who owns and operates a successful personal training business in the South Carolina Lowcountry market. He collaborates with Orchid to achieve her culinary endeavors and partners with her to raise their three children: Decker, Maile and Zoe.