Momma’s Grizzly Grub Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 16th, 2012

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This week, the remaining four food trucks thought they were cruising straight into Nashville, but Tyler took them beyond the city and into Pottsville, Tenn., where they met on a farm owned by country musicians Joey and Rory Feek. With a grand prize of $50,000 on the line and the chance to keep their truck, each team tries to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately one truck must go each week. Every Sunday night, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

Seoul Sausage found themselves in the bottom this week for the first time, but their sales were high enough to keep them in the competition. Momma’s Grizzly Grub, however, wasn’t as lucky and after keeping up in the race for five long weeks, Angela, Adriane and Tiffany turned in their keys to Tyler.

The team has so much to be proud of. You all learned and conquered so much, especially with the Speed Bumps. If you could create the ultimate Speed Bump for the remaining trucks, what would it be?

momma's grizzly grubSwitch trucks! Tyler could have the remaining teams draw names out of a hat and then completely switch trucks. Just imagine it: The Waffle boys making Italian meatballs, Nonna’s making fried kimchee balls and the Sausage boys slinging waffles. It’d be a hoot to watch them make the best of that one.

Last week you gals got lucky with only paying a $250 penalty for the lamp-post. Now that you’re on the other end of it, do you think Nonna’s got off too easy with only paying the deductible?

Not at all. Accidents happen and people pay deductibles. We were in the race to win it, though, and, honestly, we were hoping Nonna’s accident might have had a more dramatic effect on them. Some of our plans didn’t come to fruition the day before and we lost some valuable selling time, so naturally, we would have welcomed their disadvantage to stay in the competition.

You partnered with The Cupcake Collection the second day. Do you think that wound up hurting you in the end because you couldn’t sell a dessert, too?

Our partnership with The Cupcake Collection benefited us much more than any dessert sales might have. They hooked us up with locations, media alerts and more. We are forever grateful to Francois, Mignon and the entire Cupcake Collection family and crew for their enthusiastic support and friendship to three girls they’d never even met before. They were very gracious and generous — and their cupcakes were to die for.

“Nashville wasn’t everything we thought it would be — we expected it to be our city.” Was it poor location choices or was your food not well received by the community?

One word: location, location, location! We were Tyler’s “sleeper team” and we’re confident — based on how well we fared, even in the face of major adversity in previous cities — that we have the skills and strategic prowess to have made it all the way to the top. We had huge plans in Nashville, particularly on Saturday, with support from local friends, family and even an up-and-coming country music star. Being away from the city for that picnic challenge foiled our big plans for the day and we never did find our sweet spot to make up for it. We were definitely contenders, but even contenders can get tripped up by the game.

Will there ever be a Momma’s Grizzly Grub truck in Alaska? If not, what do you plan on doing next?

Absolutely. With generous support and help from family and friends, we are in the process of procuring a truck. We’ll have the truck outfitted and ready to “get rolling” by next spring. Keep your eyes open, Alaska — we are coming to a street corner near you.

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Comments (41)

  1. Bugly64 says:

    Poppa Waffles would not have a chance at ever beating Seoul Sausage without a $1000 leg up. They made fried chicken, burnt corn and veggies –wow! Why can't the show be about the best food and management of the truck instead of handicaping the best to get the worst truck on top?

    • buckeyz says:

      I agree 100%. They have let this show turn into a second rate reality farce. I have already erased it from my DVR queue. I guess I should have seen this coming. Tyler Florence as host should have tipped me off. This is the guy who couldn't get Applebee's patrons to eat his food.

    • ccbrown75 says:

      yup, fried chicken to country singers? hmmm…. how exciting. blaaaaaah~~~

      • beachinfrizzy says:

        And not just country singers (and I'm a fan of the genre), but overalls-and-red plaid shirt-wearin' country singers. Give me a break. The Waffle guys didn't even make their signature dish!

  2. jjjjjj says:

    ….and maybe you could take the teams some other place than red neck hillbilly country that knows nothing except red eye gravy, ribs, etc etc etc yuck….

  3. andrew says:

    Here's a few ideas for future seasons of The Great Fiood Truck Race that has to happen:

    #1 Get rid of the Speed Bumps or at least get rid of the ones that unfairly get good trucks eliminated like Pizza Mike's.

    #2 Let the trucks do their thing and leave them alone. All we want to see is the trucks, the teams, the food that they make and their quest for the win. So far I like the casting and the idea of using inspiring food truck operators and giving them the chance of realizing their dream. Brings more heart to the contest. Plus it was a better contrast to last season where there were no trucks worth rooting for.

    #3 It probably wouldn't hurt to replace Tyler with a new host. Maybe Guy Fieri since he was once a food cart vendor and has experience in this field.

    That's all I have to say.

    • Kathleen says:

      Good points. Wonder if the producers read any of these comments.

    • beachinfrizzy says:

      ITA with all except IMO a "pizza" food truck sounds like a bad idea…maybe it's not the same everywhere in the country, but here in the Northeast there are an abundance of pizza joints making hand-tossed fresh pizza in any town, prices cheaper too. Maybe their other stuff was OK (steak sandwiches, etc.) but unless they have a real brick oven or wood burning pizza oven built into their truck (a local place actually does…it goes to the town's farmer's market on weekends), I just don't see "Pizza from a truck" as a concept with wide appeal. Seemed like good guys, though. Those Waffle dudes are just…wierd.

    • Suspicious says:

      I agree with much of what you say, but I didn't care for last year's truck contestants and this year's are even worse. I wouldn't call any of them inspiring – in fact, I would call them fake and the two accidents seem to reinforce that, but I definitely agree with replacing T-Flo. If FN ever had a real premise or concept with regards to this program, it has become lost in gimmicks and the boring scenarios that are created by FN.

  4. FTowner says:

    It's not easy making it in the food truck industry. It might seem easy but it's not. Your cuisine isn't going to be liked by everyone! You gotta knw your demographics. By traveling to different cities with your food, you are already hitting a speed bump. It's rough but that's part of learning the business. I'm a food truck owner myself and I feel all of their frustrations! We all had to start some where. Good luck to the remaining 3. For the rest of you, keep your dreams alive and go get that food truck and start your business!!!

  5. Cathy says:

    Finally! IMHO, all the trucks were rightfully eliminated. I don't think food network is "sabotaging" anyone's chances of winning or losing. Look at it for what it is, the money tells the story. People like the better tasting food, period.
    I found it funny how the chef school student tried to tell what's her grizzly face to make quesadilla but she refused. I found that to be so lazy on her part. She thought she could win by slopping store made, pre-cooked food in a tortilla and win. It eemed that any bit of additional effort on her part was too much work for her. She deserved to go, lazy cook.
    The other teams are working their hearts out, cooking from scratch.
    Go Nonna's!

  6. Unknown says:

    At last Momma's Grizzly Grub is gone! They should've been eliminated from last week episode.Beside,even if they made it the next city.They wouldn't make it to the finale.

  7. Suspicious says:

    This was a boring episode. In fact, most of the season has been boring. I don't think any of the trucks cook "from the heart". They cook the same dull things over and over, and I wouldn't waste my money on most of their food.

    • ann says:

      no wonder the waffle guys won they had 1K in their till, last week the others had 750 in their till. I think the judges are just not wanting souel guys to win! Lets play fair!

      • MoHub says:

        The Nonna's gals had extra money in their till in Fayetteville after winning the Truck Stop, and Seoul received extra money—and the precious key—in Amarillo. It's part of the game, and it's not fair to call shenanigans because a team is rewarded for winning the Truck Stop.

  8. foodwatcher says:

    i agree with all the other comments, the food truck that wins, should win due to the food their truck makes, that is what will make the truck succeed in the real world! if SS wins because of their food, they should win, or whichever truck wins and sells the most food or makes the most money, because people like the food, not that one member can run faster than another (Nom Nom losing because of that), ridiculous. It should be taste of the food and how well run the truck can be.

  9. love-empanadas says:

    This episode where the trucks went to a country farm….Most bais and horrible location ever picked by the show and its producers. Out of touch redneck hicks don't know what empanadas are…. only know fried chicken….. 5 minutes of fame for the 2 farming musicians. Probably Tyler's friends getting hooked up.

  10. MoHub says:

    It was Sandra Lee food only without the tablescapes.

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