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Schumacher and Barrichello in Culinary Grand Prix

Melbourne, 6 March 2003 – Vodafone, official sponsor of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team, hosted a culinary grand prix of its own today when Formula One reigning champion Michael Schumacher and Ferrari team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, raced against the clock to compete at the Vodafone Ferrari Cook Off.

Inspired by the Formula One drivers’ enthusiasm for both Italian cuisine and racing, the Vodafone Ferrari Cook Off was a special event to allow the drivers to showcase their talents away from the track and share their passion with the people of Melbourne. Held at the Vodafone Arena at Melbourne Park, the Vodafone Ferrari Cook Off was a contest in the kitchen between Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello to see who could cook the most delicious Italian pasta, in the presence of the stunning Australian model, Megan Gale.

“Vodafone Schumacher Linguine aglio e olio” and “Vodafone Barrichello Tortellini al Pomodoro” will be served up over the Grand Prix weekend in leading Italian restaurants throughout Australia, particularly in the typical Lygon Street.

Vodafone live! was widely used during the contest to send pictures taken by Megan Gale and to receive good luck picture messages for Sunday’s Grand Prix, namely from David Beckham.

The full recipes for Schumacher and Barrichello’s favourite pastas are also available on the Vodafone website