2nd Place Finish

Sylvia Curry

Lady of Q
Final Score
93.1821728
KCBS Score
685.6112
WFC Score
91.75

The best part was being up on stage during the awards ceremony with all those people looking at these amazing female pitmasters together.

Sylvie Curry demonstrated her commitment for food sport by not letting the 2000 miles between her California residence and the Fire & Ice Championship hold her back. Some would have opted out because of the need to pull a cooker across the country. But not Sylvie. She had an ace up her well-organized sleeve.

"We compete in a contest in Kannapolis, NC every year," she explains. "So we keep some equipment stored there at my sister-in-law's house, plus she has a Backwoods smoker on a trailer like the one we use."

As a result, Curry and her husband flew to NC to pick up the gear and then drove the rest of the way to Alabama. "He did 90% of the driving. I run the kitchen when we're cooking." She obviously runs it well, as her Lady of Q cooking team won the most qualifying points during the season leading up to the Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women's Championship, landing her in first place going into the finals.

"I had a pretty good year," Curry shares in a bit of an understatement. "I won a Grand Championship, a Reserve Championship and had a lot of Top 5's."

Her success would continue at the Fire & Ice finals. In the first round of the Fire & Ice finals, Curry grilled a garlic/rosemary marinated rack of lamb with roasted vegetables that she had practiced every weekend for months in preparation for the contest. "It'll be awhile before I can look at lamb again," she admits. "But my friends sure like it when I'm practicing." The judges liked it too, because Curry's score had her positioned in third place going into the final barbeque cooking round.

Even though she admits that the first round grilling competition threw her off a bit, Curry scored a very respectable 685 points out of a possible 720 in the KCBS portion of the process. "That score would have won at some contests I've entered, but at the World Food Championships it ranked 20th out of 97 teams. That tells you about the level of competition there!"

"The best part was being up on stage during the awards ceremony with all those people looking at these amazing female pitmasters together. It really felt like a family. It was totally worth traveling all that way to compete!"

Curry returned home as the Reserve Grand Champion in the Fire & Ice Championship, along with a $2000 gift certificate as "icing" on the cake from Manning Jewelry. She converted that prize into a birthstone ring and a pair of diamond stud earrings.

This was the inaugural year of the Fire & Ice Women's Championship Series, which was started by Cowboy Charcoal in an effort to shine a light on the best female pitmasters in the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Throughout the year, Cowboy Charcoal tracked the Lady Pitmaster's performance and supplied the fire whenever they needed it. At the finals, Deep South Smokers and Bull Outdoor provided additional prizes and equipment to make the competition a true grilling and barbecuing success.