Food Court Wars: Middle Eastern Flavors vs. Chip-Stuffed Sandwiches

by in Shows, July 28th, 2013

Chip-n-Wich and Oasis
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode in the Midland Mall in Michigan, two teams waged a battle of Lebanese foods vs. sandwiches. Diana, the owner of Mediterranean restaurant World Cafe, and her chef and general manager, Melania, wanted to open up a Lebanese food court eatery to expand their business. Jonathan and his friend Craig — both restaurant employees — want to be their own bosses and open up Chip-n-Wich, selling sandwiches that feature potato chips stuffed inside. Both teams had great concepts, but would their offerings live up to the expectations of discerning mall shoppers?

For the first challenge, the teams cooked samplings for the mall customers, but unbeknown to them, a local food blogger would get a taste, too. Neither team had a landslide: Oasis’ chicken shawarma sandwich didn’t have enough flavor, and Chip-n-Wich’s chicken sandwich had too much bread. In the end, Chip-n-Wich won the challenge and received a positive blog review.


For the second challenge, both teams had the chance to serve at a local baseball game in an effort to market their grand openings. Chip-n-Wich served turkey club sandwiches and Oasis offered up falafel pitas. Unfortunately a divide formed between Diana and Melania, as Melania felt Diana was micromanaging. Tyler warned the ladies to work out their differences before grand opening. The next day would prove if they could work together without clashing.


On grand-opening day Chip-n-Wich got off to a late start because Craig had nearly forgotten to write out the menu, however, he did forget to write that potato chips were served inside the sandwiches. It left him having to explain their signature concept to customers, which took up precious time. It didn’t matter in the end, because the stellar sandwiches that they created outsold the Middle Eastern dishes of Oasis and won them the food court space. Now the guys can be their own bosses and make better lives for their loving families.

Watch Food Court Wars on Sundays at 8pm/7c.

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Comments (12)

  1. Jon says:

    The Food Network should be known as The Food Ho Hum Game Show Network. The Food Network's big guns are now nothing more than arrogant game show hosts that should have kept their day jobs as cooks.

    After watching many of these game shows it appears that The Food Network has created a stereotype chef that, if female, has low self esteem, a nose ring, and needs to be valadated. If male, he's covered with tattoos, sports a 1970's mullet, and is a recovering addict. Most seem to be motivated by the thought of making a dead relative proud of them.

    It appears that The Food Network is a low budget network. The Food Truck game show has been replaced by the Food Court game show that obviously has a lower budget and has even lower viewer appeal. Tyler Florence opens each show by inferring that owning a food court stall could make you a multi-millionaire. He refers to the contestants as aspiring food court entrepreneurs, however, most of the contestants admit that it's difficult for them to even manage a household budget much less a restaurant. That's not the profile of a potential multi-millionaire entrepreneur.

    It's time to return to quality cooking shows. Take a look at Martha Stewart's cooking school on PBS. After watching Next Food Network Star, I wouldn't give Martha Stewart one chance in 10 of winning a slot on The Food Network, but her PBS show is far better than anything tThe Food Network offers.

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