Ray Lampe grew up in Chicago and after high school, spent 25 years in the family trucking business. In 2000, the trucking business had run its course, and it was time for Ray to try something new. He had been participating in BBQ cookoffs as a hobby since 1982, so he decided to take a leap and turn his hobby into a career. In 2000, Ray moved to Florida and began his career as an outdoor cooking expert.
Ray has written seven cookbooks and is currently working on his eighth. The most recent being “Pork Chop” published by Chronicle Books. Ray was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014.