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.

Chip-n-Wich

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.

Oasis

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. JJMack says:

    I was looking forward to this show. I am a big fan of The Great Food Truck Race, but fifteen minutes into the first episode, I turned the TV off. The producers of this show obviously have no idea what FN viewers want and it shows.

  2. Susan says:

    This was a good episode, but unfortunately FN seemed to think that Michigan is Detroit, and we're not. There were some good local concepts that should have had a chance at the show. In the end, that would appeal more to the locals in Midland.

  3. DebG says:

    Putting chips on a sandwich is nothing new – I was doing it when I was a kid – way before these guys were even born (in the sixties)!!

  4. LMF says:

    I would like to see some followup as to if the business that was selected is being successful – revenue, customer reviews, etc.

  5. mike says:

    do anyone know when they are coming to pa,? me and my wife work for mcdonalds for 35 yrs and we the best food around and we know how to bring people in!!

  6. Andrew Moore says:

    I understand that FN is trying help folks own their own businesses . . . who would have thought that they would choose contestants that already owned a business and wants to expand their empire?

    Suggests that FN really doesn't help the start-up just recycling old concepts.

    Yuck!!

  7. Ellen says:

    I was super excited when I found out that the newest episode was in Michigan! I live not too far away from Midland and was so disappointed that I didn't know about this. I have many friends who live in Midland and the fact that they did an episode in Michigan made my day: you don't often see shows that do things in Michigan. I wish they would put the word out about where they're going to go next so that people other than the ordinary customers could go and taste the food.

  8. M Ross says:

    Is FN aware that the episiodes aired on Xfinity on Demand are always titled with the winning team's name? It truly takes any suspense away so I no longer watch.

  9. James says:

    I'm so excited to try this new place. I wish I knew you guys were in Midlands!!

  10. Rooster313 says:

    This was an entertaining episode. What I liked about the guys team is that they genuinely seemed excited about being there and the food they were cooking.. I was totally caught off guard to see the girls team fall apart like it did. I think when the blame game starts you sorta lose control of the situation and your food takes a hit because of it. I can also understand how being the boss makes it hard to separate rolls.
    Anyway I'm a Detroit native so whenever I'm in Midlands I'm def will have to check out Chip n' wich. I'm a float freak too, so I'll take a root beer please!!!!

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