Dr. BBQRay Lampe grew up in Chicago and after high school, he spent 25 years in his family’s trucking business. By 2000, the trucking business had run its course and it was time for Lampe to try something new. Lampe had been participating in barbecue cook-offs since 1982, so he decided to take a leap and turn his hobby into his career. In 2000, Lampe moved to Florida and began his career as an outdoor cooking expert.
BBQ CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
» He will be a contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped: Grill Masters” premiering July 2012.
» He’s featured on The Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
» He’s an expert judge on The Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri.”
» He hosts the cooking segment on Fox Sports Network’s “Fishing the Flats.”
» He makes cooking videos for the Big Green Egg®.
» He appeared as a BBQ expert on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
» He was the honorary chef for June at the Legends Club in Yankee Stadium.
» He has appeared on: The Food Network, CBS, E! News, HGTV, The NFL Network, The Discovery Channel and many local TV networks.
» He has written six cookbooks. The most notable being: “Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide to Barbecue” published by Chronicle Books. This book was released in early 2012 and is in its third printing. “The NFL Gameday Cookbook” published by Chronicle Books in partnership with The National Football League.