Making things hot just seems to come naturally for Brian. Every year, he helps fellow Corvette Forum member, Roscoe, cook up some of the best barbecue to be had at the Corvette Forum Cruise-in. But in between cookouts and cruise-ins, Brian turns up the heat on his '00 C5, bringing it to the finely seasoned ride you see here.

Brian understands that a perfect meal has several courses and if you want a Corvette that sticks out from the crowd, you need to avoid tasteless or overdone. He likes his ride a little spicy, with enough heat to put some excitement in his life. In fact, Brian has two or three servings a week of his hot little number. He enjoys it on the street and the track. Swapping out the track-wise BFG G-Force KDs for a set of ET Street tires gives him a flavoring of both worlds.

Agostino Racing Engines punched out Brian's engine to 436 cubes via a re-sleeved LS6 block, stuffed it with a Lunati 4.125-inch crankshaft, and ARE's Stage III LS6 heads with 2.08-inch intake and 1.60-inch exhaust valves whipped into position. ARE used a Comp Cams Billet cam on a 114-degree lobe separation, 0.601/0.610-inch lift and 236/242 duration. Just like enjoying a fine wine, Brian's engine needs to breathe, so an LS6 intake with 42-lb/hr injectors and VaraRam help with ingestion. Since Brian's ride cooks with gas, he uses a set of custom-made ARE stepped headers (1 5/8-inch to 1 7/8-inch primaries) which pour the fumes into the 3-inch collectors and mid-pipe. The B&B Route 66 exhaust makes the final presentation.

To keep the engine on "low heat," a 180-degree thermostat was added to the mix as well as a Ron Davis radiator with oil cooler. The engine produces an estimated 590-600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Brian dishes out the power through his six-speed and 3.42:1 gears, installing a RAM VDS-series clutch featuring a 910 racing plate for insurance.

Presentation is as important as preparation so Brian has sprinkled in a Vette Essentials (www.vetteessentials.com) Sport Package interior kit that he won as a Christmas giveaway on the Corvette Forum Web site (www.corvetteforum.com). It came pre-assembled with carbon-fiber door pulls, a shifter boot, an emergency brake boot and handle, as well as a console lid and seat inserts. Sure beats a fruitcake! Also adding to Brian's interior is a Top Down Technologies window commander, a C5 Solutions column lock bypass, an aluminum gas pedal, and a Valentine One radar detector. Brian also installed sport seats from an '00 convertible, a six-point Pyrotect racing harness, and a Wolfe chrome-moly six-point rollbar with removable door bars.

Other than the chefs at ARE who assembled the engine, the rest of this meal was put together by Brian in his shop-he even installed the engine. He was still doing some taste-testing with the LS1 when we caught up with him at the cruise-in, carrying his laptop to check his recipe of air/fuel and making sure the proper ingredients for reliable power were included.

There's no doubt this "Automotive Emeril" has put together one tasty offering; and the best part is, it's home-cooked.