Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Chefs Go Grill-to-Grill

For Cliff Cameron, hitting the kitchen by 6 a.m. is like Brian Vickers turning a qualifying lap around Talladega.

Routine.

Cameron, Red Bull Racing Team’s chef, brings top-notch cuisine to the Nos. 83 and 84 haulers each day. Eggs, hash browns, grits, biscuits and gravy, fruit and breakfast burritos laced with bacon … that’s just the basics at the crack of dawn.

But the basics won’t count Wednesday morning when Cameron takes on Michael Waltrip Racing chef Peter Ray in the first “NASCAR Iron Chefs,” part of “Fox News Rising’s” morning show in metro Charlotte (6-8 a.m.).

In Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s winner’s circle, Cameron and Ray will cook only with what is bought by crew members. In Cameron’s case, over-the-wall guys Mike Metcalf, Brian Dheel and John Billy spent $50 at a local grocery store. It’s up to Cameron after that.

“It’s all in fun. This is not serious by any means,” Cameron said. “The pit crew is doing the shopping. All the info they got from me is that I want to do an appetizer and entrée. That’s all of the specifics I could give them.”

Fox Charlotte’s John Wilson will judge the competition. Cameron and Ray will have about 90 minutes to prepare the food, each with their own prep table and 3-foot space on a 6-foot grill.

“I’m going in totally blind,” Cameron said. “It’s about how creative you can be with the shopping knowledge of a pit crew.”

What does Cameron expect from his pit crew shoppers?

“I’m thinking healthy,” Cameron said. “Most of the money was probably spent in the produce section. They’re all athletes. I think the pit crew is going to throw stuff in there just to make me laugh.”

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What fun! Good Luck to Red Bull, you've gotta beat MW's team!
Good Luck to all three drivers this weekend, hope the rain holds off for Scott.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

qualifying is rained out at Lowe's, scott speed goes home before he gets a chance to drive. and so does AJ, double bummer.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

That darn rain. It hasn't been nice all season long. Oh well, good luck to Scott in Toledo and looking forward to seeing him in the 84 next weekend.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon you are wrong, AJ makes it in top 43

3:52 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

So, who won?

Too bad it rained and knocked out qualifying. I was looking forward to seeing all 3 Red Bull cars in the show.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous OriginalBVfan said...

I feel bad for SS not making the race... but not for the team- Go AJ!

7:12 PM  

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