CONCORD, N.C. – Robert Irvine, a world-famous chef, author, philanthropist and military supporter, will serve as grand marshal of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Spirit of Hope Award-winning chef will give the command to start engines for the 59th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.
Irvine has hosted or appeared on Food Network shows including “Next Iron Chef,” “Restaurant Express,” “Chopped: Impossible,” “Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible,” “A Hero’s Welcome” and “Food Network Star.” He is a dedicated supporter of the USO, where he serves on the Board of Directors for USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and has traveled on 12 USO entertainment tours around the world to strengthen our nation’s service members by connecting them to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.
Irvine has also received the accolade of being named United States Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer due to his years of unfailing commitment to the military.
“It’s a true privilege to serve as this year’s grand marshal of the Coca-Cola 600,” said Irvine. “While I’m a big fan of NASCAR, this race is particularly important to me as it commemorates the sacrifices made by the men and women who have lost their lives in defense of our nation.”