Interview with the Latest Food Truck Team Out of the Race

by in Shows, September 8th, 2013

Food TrucksThe five remaining teams came into Rapid City, S.D., on Episode 4 of The Great Food Truck Race with a goal in mind. For some it was keeping their previous leads, but for others it was breaking out of the middle of the pack or stopping a downward spiral. A Speed Bump didn’t do much to break the teams’ resolve, and a Truck Stop challenge involving buffalo just made them even more determined to follow through. However, a bad choice of location and poor planning resulted in low sales for one team. At elimination, a team that had held a lead in a previous stop took a nosedive to the bottom.

This week the teams had their follow cars towed on day one, making restocking and roaming the city that much more difficult. Later on, butchering and cooking with buffalo turned out to be a fun adventure, but what most teams didn’t count on was running out of food before the challenge was complete, which is what plagued Philly’s Finest Sambonis and Bowled and Beautiful. At elimination, $122 separated the two teams at the bottom. In the end, Bowled and Beautiful fell from the previous city’s top spot to last place, all because of bad location choices and disappointing sales.

FN Dish caught up with the team from Bowled and Beautiful to chat about their time on the show.

What do you think was the biggest challenge in operating a food truck for the first time? Do you think having culinary schooling gave you an advantage?
I think the biggest challenge in operating a food truck for the first time was making the right connections to secure a spot to sell in an area we knew no one in and nothing about. We learned early on that location was everything and choosing the wrong one could result in going home. I believe that our culinary background definitely helped us out in two areas. Number one would be that while in school we were not only graded on taste but also on how fast we could prepare a meal. Second would be that we were taught to make several different dishes using the same ingredients. The Art Institute of L.A. definitely prepared us for those challenges on the road.

Bowled and BeautifulIn the previous cities, you ladies were always in the top two, often neck and neck with Aloha Plate. What do you think was the biggest reason you lost your lead in Rapid City and ended up at the bottom?
The prime location we had planned on was taken by The Slide Show and Aloha Plate, and we were forced to locate to another spot. We chose a hotel near the City Square, but unfortunately there was not enough visibility for the crowd to see our truck. Being in an area like that was exactly what took our lead and advantage away.

Rapid City was a tough town for you three. Setting up at the hotel turned out to be a bust, then later you ran out of buffalo meat and couldn’t make the $1,500 sales goal. At any point during all of that, did you think you were done, or were you holding out hope until the end?
We absolutely held out hope to the very end. We are not quitters; losing was not an option for us. We knew going into this that the team going home could separate us by as little as $10. That could have been one bowl, and every penny counts.

Bowled and BeautifulAt elimination, when Tyler said that only $122 separated the bottom two, what was going through your minds?
When Tyler announced that only $122 separated us at elimination, it was devastating. A million things ran through our heads, but the one that stood out was: Should we have charged more for our bowls? Charging $1 more for a bowl would have saved us. We were known for undercharging our food in the race. I understand it’s a competition, but I also believe in being fair and honest with our customers. I just didn’t feel right charging $20 or more when I knew the real cost of what it took to make that meal.

What’s next for you three? Is a food truck in your culinary future?
Bowled and Beautiful is not going anywhere. This show only gave us more drive and determination to really make this dream a reality. In the near future, you will see a Bowled and Beautiful truck — we promise!

What do your kids think about you doing the show?
Our children are extremely proud of their Mother Truckers. I believe it taught them a life lesson to never give up on your dreams and that we are in charge of our destiny, and when you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

Watch The Great Food Truck Race on Sundays at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

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Comments (13)

  1. ALK says:

    How can B&B not take responsibility for their choice of a poor location? Don't blame SS or AP for having "taken" the prime location. TTT did exceptionally well at their location & they weren't near SS or AP.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree. That comment didn't make sense. That's the same situation in every city. The only difference in Rapid City was that B&B didn't win this time.
      There's probably more to it though, seeing as they commented on charging $20 a dish, which SS admitted to charging. Maybe B&B just doesn't like SS.

      • beachinfrizzy says:

        She says they were "undercharging all along" but I know I wouldn't pay $20 for a little bowl of chopped up whatever, at least she herself admitted her food isn't worth it. Not sure if her comment was referring to SS, but if SS's customers are satisfied with their $20 plates, good for them. I also noticed she didn't have anything to say about running out of meat.

    • butterfly says:

      you have NO idea what Really/"REALITY" happened as far as that location.

      • beachinfrizzy says:

        Of course we don't. We only saw what the editors chose to show. We don't necessarily know the "reality" behind ANY of the locations, including those where B&B got a prime spot and someone else didn't. I do know that I didn't read any other exit interview where the losing team felt the need to call out other trucks when something didn't go their way, especially when their own decisions and actions affected their bottom line as well.

  2. Sue says:

    Who was taking care of the "single moms" kids while they were on tv?

    • Elaine says:

      The same people who take of their children when the single mothers work. Family,friends & or child care professionals. The majority of single mom's have to work. Are u in anyway suggesting they miss this opportunity, to better provide for their children.

    • Sarah says:

      Do you think that they aren't really single moms?
      Why put that in quotes?

      I'm sure the same people are watching their kids who would watch my kids if my husband and I were on that show – friends and family.

  3. guest says:

    Since I know who the final truck competitors will be, I knew that B & B would be out the door. Interesting though that they were on top last week. I think that there have been only two trucks that have been consistently good, and they haven't had to show cleavage to do it.

  4. Guest says:

    We have parked The Great Food Truck Race. Way TOO MUCH drama. And the "Truck Stops" and rule changes are foolish and unfair. I have no rooting interest in any team. Just wanted to pass along our thoughts. We quit on Next Food Network Star and are bailing on FTR. Not really interested in a show that takes a nice guy like Tyler and turns him into an evil and twisted fiend!

    • Kelly says:

      I actually think the truck stops level the competition a little bit. The cooking challenges always have a set price for all the trucks. As far as being unfair, I think the point is that all these trucks are worthy of the grand prize. They have to eliminate people somehow. It's a scenario no different than what you see on any other reality competition show.

  5. Big pun says:

    Hello everyone.. I really love the show. It's AWESOME. I had a question.. Does anyone know where the trucks on the show got there wraps from??? They are outragesly cool

  6. Bruce says:

    I was watching the aloha team win the great food truck race. This is a suggestion for the first, second and third winners. For the third place winners, an offer to the purchase the truck is made to the third place winner. The second place winner is given the food truck. The first place winner remains the same, food truck and $50,000.
    The second and third trucks will not be recycled and repainted. Since the top three teams have shown how well they can cook and handle last minutes changes, I think this is good reward for the second and third place winners
    Let's get rolling

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