Just stumbled across this while reading the paper!
Way to go Diva!!
Is it true that grilling's a guy's game? A recent Leger Marketing barbecue trends survey conducted on behalf of Weber-Stephen Products showed men continue to rule the fire. But don't tell that to Ontario BBQ Champion Danielle Dimovski, also known as Diva Q, mom to three and a real kick-butt barbecue pro who "had to laugh when I read about men topping women in the barbecue department ... it's a little known fact the Ontario BBQ Champion is actually female."
Throughout the years Dimovski, who admits to an "insatiable thirst for knowledge on all things barbecue" and has travelled extensively, including venturing to Texas, has won numerous awards for her excellent fare.
"My tag line is always 'my kitchen is my playground,' -- and I am a big fan of experimenting," said Dimovski from her Barrie home. "I have travelled as far south as Texas to taste and learn about different types of barbecue. This can be a real eye opener as regional differences make barbecue unique in each place."
Dimovski, who currently has 12 barbecues, says "I started barbecuing years ago but it was not until the Canadian Open BBQ championships in Barrie three years ago that I really fell in love with all things barbecue. I started at an amateur level (ribs only), then started competing at the professional level (ribs, pork, chicken, brisket) in 2007," with her team of hubby Vlado and friends Louisa and John helping out.
In 2008, the team won a total of four Grand Championships. In addition "we were named the Ontario Series BBQ Champions for the Ottawa and Paris wins. From that win we earned a coveted invitation to the Jack Daniels Invitational barbecue competition in Lynchburg, Tenn. -- where we were the Top International Team for 2008."
Dimovski spends her days juggling family, barbecue demos and even teaching classes on this. She barbecues year-round almost every day (snow is a great insulator) and even shares her experiences on her blog (divaqBBQ.blogspot) and on twitter (DivaQBBQ).