SOURCE: Foreigner

Foreigner

October 25, 2010 06:45 ET

Foreigner's Kelly Hansen Will Turn Up the Heat in a Hot-Blooded Asphalt Chef Competition

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) -  Foreigner's lead vocalist Kelly Hansen is fired up and ready to tackle Food Network masters Mario Batali and Guy Fieri as he pairs with Texas top chef Tim Love in the Asphalt Chef culinary shootout during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway on November 6.

Hansen, known for fronting the epic rock band Foreigner with mega-hits that include "Hot Blooded" and "Feels Like the First Time," goes head-to-head against celebrity chefs at the Texas Motor Speedway's Lone Star Tower Clubhouse in a culinary war to benefit Speedway Children's Charities and the Mario Batali Foundation. The Asphalt Chef pairings include Hansen with Western urban cuisine pioneer and restaurateur Tim Love, Batali with four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson, and Fieri with 2004 Sprint Cup Series champ Kurt Busch. ABC-TV/ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns will offer play-by-play commentary for the event.

Hansen set the flames flying in his YouTube video challenge to culinary rock stars Batali and Fieri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-dosibCj0g. Hansen also is fueling the friendly trash-talking Asphalt Chef rivalry via Twitter @thekellyhansen. 

During the Asphalt Chef event, Hansen will be joined by Foreigner band mate Jeff Pilson for a performance of select Foreigner classics, and then will perform the national anthem prior to the November 7 AAA Texas 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Asphalt Chef competitors will wage gladiator combat at the grill, and race the clock to create dazzling dishes concocted with a secret ingredient selected by fans and unveiled at the last moment. Hansen, who draws in the masses with raucous renditions of Foreigner's classics and fresh new material like "Can't Slow Down," says he's ready to rock out a cooking win. Victor at the Asphalt Chef stadium will take home a Batali peppermill trophy and $5,000 to the winner's designated charity.

Tickets for the Asphalt Chef evening, which runs from 6-9:30pm and includes live and silent auctions showcasing items from the chefs, drivers and sponsors of the event, are $250. For information on the charity event visit www.scctexas.org or call 817-215-8421.

About Foreigner
With a distinctive sound unparalleled in rock music, Foreigner is one of the most successful musical acts of all time, having sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. The legendary rock band is led by founding lead guitarist and song writer Mick Jones, and features lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and drummer Jason Sutter. The band's ninth album, "Can't Slow Down," is dedicated to NASCAR and NASCAR fans. The album debuted at #29 on the Billboard 200 on its September 2009 release and reappeared in the chart almost a year later following Foreigner's NASCAR Sprint Cup Labor Day appearance. More on Foreigner at: www.foreigneronline.com. Follow Kelly Hansen and the Asphalt Chef rivalry at: www.twitter.com/theKellyHansen

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