I love the Food Network channel. There’s something about all those beautiful, fully stocked kitchens and the deliciously camera-ready food that comes out of them that is so appealing. If you’ve seen the Food Network, you know what I’m talking about. Alas, I don’t watch this channel much anymore… but (!) I do watch this show that I love called The Great Food Truck Race, which just so happened to premiere yesterday and I thought it’d be nifty if I posted my thoughts on the episodes. This year the trucks that are competing are:
Boardwalk Breakfast Empire
Bowled and Beautiful
The Frankfoota Truck
Murphy’s Spud Truck
Philly’s Finest Sambonis
The Slide Show
Tikka Tikka Taco
Oh, and in case you have no idea what this show is about here’s a quick synopsis: Each week competing food trucks go to different cities in the US and try to outsell each other, mayhem and mishaps happen, teams fall apart, teams become more united and teams get eliminated along the way until is just the one final winner of the The Great Food Truck Race whose prize is to keep the food truck they’ve been supplied with as well as a nice little sum of $50,000. I’d say that definitely a prize worth fighting for!
Anywho, it’s still too early in the game to say that I have any favorites so far… I like the outfits of The Frankfoota Truck, very patriotic. I like the idea of having a breakfast food truck like Boardwalk Breakfast empire because breakfast is never outta style, doesn’t matter if it’s 8 o’clock in the morning or 8 o’clock at night, if you want some breakfasty thing like pancakes, you can’t let anything stop you! Tikka Tikka Taco is the first food truck in the show that is Indian style cuisine, pretty neat.
In last night’s episode all the teams were presented with their pretty new food trucks and set up in both Beverly Hills and San Francisco. In Beverly Hills, the teams had to make one dish and sell it for $20 bucks. My eyebrows went up for this challenge, first of all… does the Beverly Hill crowd dig food trucks? and secondly, is $20 for something from a food truck ?!? It seemed like this would be quite the challenge, but Bowled and Beautiful created a salad dish that the crowd fell for and they sold the most amount of money in Beverly Hills. That distinction allowed them to travel to San Fran almost 2 hours before the truck that sold the least, The Frankfoota Truck. Once they got to San Francisco, they needed to get to a food truck park that would have enough spots for all of them, alleviating the teams from having to drive around town looking for a spot. Now they were really going to have to compete for customers since they were all going to be in such close proximity.
So the teams get to their new city and they just need to sell sell sell, but they need to create a dish different from what they sold in Beverly Hills, but the teams don’t seem to sweat much over that part.
Murphy’s Spud Truck was going to make Irish Nachos, sounds good right? Well, for the life of them, they couldn’t figure out how to turn on the gas to make the stove work to make the potatoes for their nacho dish! Oh gosh. So they ended up nixing the nacho idea and sold salad instead. One hour before they would have to close up shop and meet up with the rest of the teams an for elimination round, a man that works for the food truck park comes in and shows them they forget to do one simple thing: turn on the gas valve! Doh! (face palm moment).
Alright, the trucks need to close up and all the teams meet up with Tyler Florence, host of this marvelousness, and feel sick to their stomachs until they know they are safe… until the next round. The truck that made the most amount of money: Philly’s Finest Sambonis. Good for you, dudes! The two bottoms trucks? The Frankfoota Truck and Murphy’s Spud Truck. The Frankfoota Truck just couldn’t catch a break in Beverly Hills, selling the least amount out of all the trucks. Murphy’s Spud Truck, on top of getting lost on their way to Beverly Hills (and these guys are from L.A.), they couldn’t figure out how to work their food truck gas.
So who’s it gonna be? Murphy’s Spud Truck. It must be a heartbreaking moment to return the keys of the truck to Tyler, but it has to be done and Murphy’s doesn’t live to see another day in the race. Sorry guys. Ok, so after much hugging and jumping excitement, having survived the first round and all, they find out their next city: Portland! Yay! I’m excited to see what they show of the city I live super super close by!