Ray Lampe, "Dr. BBQ," grew up in Chicago and 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. Always a man who could find his way around a smoker or a grill, Lampe had been participating in barbecue cook-offs since 1982 and had found great success. Lampe 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. Since then, he's been featured on numerous cooking shows, written six cookbooks including the official "NFL Gameday Cookbook" and inspired a generation of people to get outside and cook!
Finalist on The Food Network's 2012 "Chopped: Grill Masters"
Expert judge on The Food Network's "Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri"
Hosted cooking segment on Fox Sport Network's "Fishing the Flats"
Appeared as BBQ expert on "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives"
Featured Talent on A+E Networks' "The World Food Championships"
Appeared on: The Food Network, CBS, E! News, HGT V, The NFL Network, The Discovery Channel and many local TV networks
Written six cookbooks, including "Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue" published by Chronicle Books and "The NFL Gameday Cookbook" published by Chronicle Books in a partnership with the National Football League
Beth Peterson is a Midwestern mom of three and a lifestyle and home entertaining expert. Before beginning down the competition food path, Beth was a corporate event planner for 10 years and a former restaurateur. A down-to-earth, self-proclaimed "south-side Chicago girl," Beth loves people and a good challenge. Currently, when not competing or tending to mom duties, Beth caters artisan cocktail parties and teaches home-entertaining and cooking classes in her kitchen showroom! From the careful selection of choice ingredients, to pinpointing an audience's favorite flavors and presenting dishes in such a way you almost hate to dig in (but you will, because her dishes are irresistible), the 2013 World Recipe Champion is an all around culinary artist. Previous to winning the World Recipe Championship, Peterson was a featured competitor on Fox's "Masterchef" and most recently as a featured co-host of the "Cookoff Before Kickoff" tailgating promotion featuring Coca-Cola, Sam's Club and other national partners.
Featured Season 2 Finalist on Fox's "MasterChef"
Finalist in the Kraft "Real Women of Philadelphia" contest
Featured on NBC Chicago's "Nonstop Foodies" "Sterling Wine Ultimate Host" Finalist The 2013 World Recipe Champion