Hamilton, Texas - Fresh from her national television debut on The Learning Channel's "PitMasters," Nicole Davenport of Sheffield, Texas, won the World Wagyu Brisket and Steak Cookoff at the Hamilton County Dove Festival on Labor Day weekend. The cook-off was covered by the Rural Fee Delivery (RFD-TV) network for the show "American Rancher with Pam Minick."
"I'm really happy to have my first grand championship," Davenport says. "I'm using part of the prize money on a gift of Cuisinart knives for the troops, so they can continue cooking after we're gone."
Davenport is one of four pit masters on an upcoming USO BBQ tour.
A fourth-generation ranching daughter, Davenport left Texas for Los Angeles and then New York where she worked as a television producer. While her company, Cowgirl Caterin', is now based in Sheffield, Texas, she caters events on both coasts, along with participating in barbecue competitions.
Along with her dog, Cricket, Davenport was seen in the first episode of BBQ PitMasters. Davenport began cooking barbecue with her father at age five on his homemade barbecue pit. Davenport believes barbecue is an art requiring patience and good judgment to use smoke and fire.
On September 17 and 18, Davenport competes in the West Fest Cabrito Cook-Off benefiting the Marathon Health Clinic, in Marathon, Texas. She competes on Big Bob Gibson's team at the 31st American Royal BBQ on September 30 - October 3 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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