Burke T. Kenny of Olympia, Washington sports a foot long full beard with an untrimmed moustache that has earned him two world titles (Brighton 2007, Trondheim 2011) so far in the “full beard styled moustache” category. He took second in the full beard groomed category in Lancaster in 2011.
Many bearding fans were surprised when the judges overlooked Burke at the 2009 worlds in Alaska. He sat out the 2010 Nationals, electing to judge instead, and then got sweet revenge in Norway when he struck gold again.
Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in music and is bassist of blues/rock band Hitchkick, who perform throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
Burke has achieved several other forms of facial hair recognition in addition to his many awards, including numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, and Evening Magazine, and his own Topps trading card.