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The Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race

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  • Premiered: 
    August 15, 2010
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking, travel

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Plot Synopsis

Teams operating gourmet food trucks start on the West Coast and travel across America, stopping in various cities to compete in food challenges against each other, as they vie for the grand prize ($50,000 in the Seasons 1 & 6; $100,000 in Season 2; $50,000 and a new food truck in Seasons 3-5). The trucks start on the West Coast (San Diego in Season 1; Malibu in Season 2; Long Beach in Season 3; Hollywood in Season 4; Santa Barbara in Season 5; Santa Monica in Season 6), and they stop in a new city each week on their way east of the Mississippi for the Finals (New York City in Season 1; Miami in Season 2; Portland, Maine in Season 3; Washington DC/Maryland in Season 4; Tampa/Naples/Key West, FL in Season 5; Chicago in Season 6). At each stop, the teams begin with empty trucks and an equal amount of seed money. They have a short time period to prepare, promote and sell their food by any means necessary. After enduring triumphs, failures, and tests of character, the totals are tallied and the trucks find out who continues the great race and who goes home. In Season 1, the seven professional food trucks were: Austin Daily Press (Austin, TX); Crepes Bonaparte (Fullerton, CA); Grill 'Em All (Los Angeles, CA); Nana Queens (Culver City, CA); Nom Nom Truck (Los Angeles, CA); Ragin' Cajun (Hermosa Beach, CA); and Spencer on the Go (San Francisco, CA). These eight professional food trucks competed in Season 2: Cafe Con Leche (Los Angeles, CA); Devilicious Food Truck (San Diego, CA); Hodge Podge (Cleveland, OH); Korilla BBQ (New York City, NY); Roxy's Grilled Cheese (Boston, MA); Seabirds Food Truck (Costa Mesa, CA); Sky's Gourmet Tacos (Los Angeles, CA); and The Lime Truck (Irvine, CA). Season 3 changed the format slightly; instead of using professional food truck operators, the series featured these eight teams that would love to have a food truck: Seoul Sausage's Yong Kim, Chris Oh and Ted Kim; Under the Crust's Hannah Cohen, her mom Sheri Cohen, and friend Gary Miller; Pop-a-Waffle with Anthony, Bobaloo and Scott; Pizza Mike's with Mike and his friends, Pat and Carlo; Nonna's Kitchenette with three best friends Jaclyn, Jessica and Lisa; Momma's Grizzly Grub with Angela, daughter Adriane and best friend Tiffany; Tawanaca Davenport, Lena Price and Mike Jones are the truckers behind Coast of Atlanta; and Barbie Babes is made up of the native Aussie beauties, Jasmin De Main, Hayley Chapman and Skye Boucaut. Season 4, which premiered on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, featured eight trucks traveling from Hollywood to San Francisco, then on to Portland, Oregon and Pocatello, Idaho, and then continuing to Mt. Rushmore, the Twin Cities, and Chicago, and ending in Annapolis and at the Washington Monument. The eight trucks in Season 4 were: Boardwalk Breakfast Empire (Sea Bright, NJ); Aloha Plate (Los Angeles, CA; Maui and Oahu, HI); Murphy's Spud Truck (Los Angeles, CA); Philly's Finest Sambonis (Philadelphia, PA); Bowled and Beautiful (Los Angeles, CA); Tikka Tikka Taco (St. Louis, MO); The Slide Show (Los Angeles, CA); and The Frankfoota Truck (New York City, NY). THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE returned for its fifth season on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with these teams competing for the grand prize: Beach Cruiser (Venice, CA); Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, TN); Gourmet Graduates (Providence, RI); Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland, OH); Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston, TX); Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, CA); Middle Feast (Los Angeles, CA); and Military Moms (Fort Drum, NY). On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the six-episode sixth season of THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE, with Tyler welcoming seven teams of professional food truck operators from around the country, including: Diso's Italian Sandwich Society (Brooklyn, NY), GD Bro Truck (Orange Country, CA), Pho Nomenal Dumplings (Raleigh, NC), Postcards (Los Angeles, CA), Spice It Up (Phoenix, AZ), The Guava Tree Truck (Dallas, TX) and Waffle Love (Provo, UT). In Season 6, the competitors cook and travel along historic Route 66 on a 2,500-mile road battle that kicks off in Santa Monica, CA, then hits Sedona, AZ and Santa Fe, NM, followed by stops in Amarillo, TX; Tulsa, Oklahoma and St. Louis, culminating with a finale in Chicago, where the winning truck is awarded a $50,000 cash prize. In the season opener, Tyler welcomes the seven teams to Santa Monica and immediately sends them on their first challenge: a race to sell $200 of their signature dish on Santa Monica Pier. After a head-to-head sales showdown, the teams embark on their epic journey down historic Route 66. Their first stop is Lake Havasu City, AZ where after a blistering day of selling, Tyler gives the first Truck Stop Challenge. Each team must create their own take on a fish and chips dish, and the first team to sell 20 orders wins a cash prize. Season 7 of THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE premiered on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network with a new title: THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE: FAMILY FACE-OFF. Host Tyler Florence is back for a fierce food battle on wheels with a relative twist -- this time, the six teams fighting for the $50,000 grand prize are family and have never operated a food truck before. From a Chicago police officer and her sister to cheese expert identical twins to reality star Vinny Guadagnino, his mother and uncle, the competitors are all passionate about food and ready to hit the road cooking. This season's competitors are: Bigmista's Fatty Wagon - Long Beach, California (Neil Strawder, Phillis Strawder, Eric Lara); Carretto Siciliano - Staten Island, New York (Vinny Guadagnino, Paola Guadagnino, Angelo Giaimo); Fortune Cooking - Milford, Michigan & Denver, Colorado (Tom Lin, Julie Hill-Lin, Tiffany Webster); Grilled Cheese All-Stars - San Francisco & San Diego, California (Michael Kalish, Charlie Kalish, Bryce Adams); Lei-Away Leidies - Provo, Utah & Laie, Hawaii (Carey Ofahengaue, Summer Prescott, Autumn Prescott) and Sweet Southern Soul - Chicago, Illinois & Atlanta, Georgia (Tiffany Ermon, Tikia Travis, Kizzma Snoddy). In the first episode, the six family teams kick off the race with a funnel cake eating contest at a theme park in Los Angeles. After leaving the park, host Tyler Florence gives the families their first signature menu cooking challenge. Then the teams go head-to-head in a bidding war for a prime selling spot on the theme park grounds. The least successful team is sent home, and these rookies realize operating a food truck is much harder than having fun in the California sun. The race then heads to Ventura County for a strawberry festival, an ostrich egg hunt in Santa Barbara, a roadside attraction challenge in Palm Springs and a finale in majestic Catalina Island where the $50,000 grand prize is awarded.The eighth season, called THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE: BATTLE FOR THE SOUTH, premiered on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In Season 8, seven teams of food truck novices battle from New Orleans to Savannah for a $50,000 grand prize. Hosted by Tyler Florence, this high-stakes road trip is full of beautiful scenery, Southern landmarks and intense food challenges. Team cooking chops, selling strategy and business savvy are tested in every city, with the least successful truck heading home each week and a $50,000 grand prize for the last truck standing. This season's competitors are: Braised in the South - Charleston, South Carolina (Nick Hunter, Steven Klatt, Brandon Lapp); The Breakfast Club - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Ashanti Dixon, Taylor Randolph, Mikey Robins); Mr. Po' Boys - Dallas, Texas (Cedrick McCoy, Ryan Thompson, Esther Torres); Papi Chulo's Empanadas - Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Sarah Hasbun, Carleena Lara-Bregatta, Luis Lara Polanco); The Southern Frenchie - Little Rock, Arkansas (Donnie Ferneau, Meaghan Ferneau, Amanda Ivy); Stick 'Em Up - Rogersville, Tennessee (Justin House, Landon House, Shona House) and Wicked Good Seafood - Falmouth, Massachusetts (Bill Henrique, Ryan Schuhmacher, Dan Torres). In the season opener, "The Big 'Not So Easy'," the teams are greeted in the French Quarter of New Orleans by host Tyler Florence and their dream food trucks. The race kicks off immediately with the first challenge called "Dough for Dough," where they must create their own version of a beignet and sell it in the French Market. The teams find out running a food truck is harder than they thought, and the second New Orleans challenge is to create a dish using the flavors of the popular Hurricane drink. Local chef Susan Spicer determines who created the best plate, then one team is eliminated and the rest move closer to the finish line and $50,000 grand prize. The route then hits Pensacola, Florida; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, leading to the finale location in Savannah, Georgia, where one team will be awarded the $50,000 grand prize.
On Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered "The Race Through Savannah," the season finale of THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE: BATTLE FOR THE SOUTH. The final two food truck teams arrive in Savannah, and Tyler Florence's first challenge brings the teams out of the food trucks and into a new mobile selling vehicle: pedicabs. Each team has a half hour to make as much food as possible to sell out of their own pedicabs, and the team with the most profits gets $500 added to their till. Next, the teams travel through the city, where they sell head-to-head in new locations. At each location, they receive a new shellfish to include in a dish, and the team that sells the most fish dishes gets $500. Finally, Tyler reveals the team with the highest total till, the winner of Great Food Truck Race: Battle for the South!


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Food Trucks Race Across America
  • Also known as The Great Food Truck Race with Tyler Florence
  • Title for Season 7: The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off
  • Season 8 title: Great Food Truck Race: Battle for the South

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Relativity Television (as RelativityReal)