Tina Davis knew from the time he was young that her son, Devin, had a passion for life.
"He was a ham," Davis recalls.
A food reference is only fitting for a young man who learned to navigate the kitchen at an early age.
"Mostly what drew me into cooking was just always watching my mom cook in the kitchen," Devin said.
Tina remembers his interest from the beginning.
"Instead of watching Barney, he wanted to watch Food Network," she added.
When he was 12, Devin submitted a video and dessert to a national contest.
"Well, he won. And it kind of all really started from there," Tina said.
Devin hasn't looked back. And now he has $40,000 to put toward a career as a chef. That's how much he recently won on the Food Network's Chopped Scholarship Competition in New York. Devin won representing the Art Institute of Tampa with a dish of bone-in veal chop with a Tuscany flair.
"It's unreal just the fact that I was able to excel to the point I was at, and then when the whole thing, the national competition, it was just unreal," Devin said.
Devin's bedroom is full of awards from his cooking accomplishments over the last several years. He's also an honor student who loves to hunt.
He even finds time to mix in practice trombone. But it's the kitchen that owns his heart. And although the highs of winning this competition may fade, Devin is certain that he was meant to bring people and food together.
"It's more than a career to me," he said. "Yes I want to open my own restaurant. I want to do it. But it's what I love doing."
To learn more about Devin, visit his website at www.chefdevinonline.com .