Superstar celebrity chef Mario Batali is teaming up with Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter to present the Asphalt Chef cooking competition and his Ultimate Tailgate Party during November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, 6-9:00 p.m. CT - The Asphalt Chef will be the centerpiece of the two-day charity drive, featuring celebrity chefs paired with NASCAR guests in a cooking competition, poolside at Texas Motor Speedway's Lone Star Tower clubhouse.
Guy Fieri will work with 2004 Sprint Cup Series champ Kurt Busch, "Iron Chef" champion and Fort Worth resident Tim Love will be paired with Foreigner's lead singer Kelly Hansen and Mario Batali will partner with four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
ABC-TV/ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns, a self-admitted "foodie," will serve as the emcee of the event, which benefits the Speedway Children's Charities and the Mario Batali Foundation.
The format is modeled after the popular "Iron Chef" television show -- where the world's premier chefs battle each other and the clock to earn the ultimate bragging rights -- but this event possesses a few wrinkles, such as the team concept.
A secret ingredient will be unveiled just prior to the competition and the teams will have five minutes to conceptualize a recipe. They will then go head to head and will have 20 minutes to produce a dish with the secret ingredient. The dishes will be presented to a special judging panel, graded in various categories, and the winning team will receive an oversized, orange Mario Batali peppermill trophy and $5,000 to be designated to their favorite charity.
Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary wine, beer and spirits as well as food, including a special dish from each of the celebrity chefs, as well as live and silent auctions showcasing items and packages from the chefs, drivers and sponsors of the event. Kelly Hansen will be joined by band member and bassist Jeff Pilson to perform a few acoustic versions of their songs that evening.
On Sunday, November 7, 2010, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Batali will host ario Batali's Ultimate Tailgate Party, poolside at the clubhouse, featuring complimentary food from various major restaurants in the Metroplex as well as wine, beer and spirits. Batali, Guy Fieri and Tim Love also will conduct cooking demonstrations followed by a Q&A session with the guests.
A combination ticket is available for both Asphalt Chef and Mario Batali's Ultimate Tailgate Party at $350. Individual tickets are $250 for Asphalt Chef and $150 for the Mario Batali's Ultimate Tailgate Party. Capacity is limited for both events. The events benefit Speedway Children's Charities and the Mario Batali Foundation and are tax deductible.
For tickets or additional information, please contact Speedway Children's Charities at (817) 215-8421 or visit www.scctexas.org.
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