Interview with the Latest Food Truck Team Out of the Race

by in Shows, September 1st, 2013

Food TrucksThe six remaining teams rolled into Pocatello, Idaho, on Episode 3 of The Great Food Truck Race, ready to take on any challenges that Tyler threw at them. But for many teams, completing the challenges was the least of their worries, as a few setbacks put a number of them in the red, and nearing the end of day two, the only hope for most was racing to win one of three prize tokens to offset their sales losses. At elimination time, the race came to an end for a team that was all too familiar with being among the bottom finalists.

This week the teams would see a set of challenges that had them first cooking with no starches, and then cooking exclusively with one of the most popular starches: the state’s biggest crop, the potato. Most of the teams were able to find good sales locations, but Aloha Plate and The Frankfoota Truck ended up going outside of the city limits, which led Tyler to dock their profits according to the time they spent out of Pocatello. Philly’s Finest Sambonis got into an accident with a store sign and had to pay an insurance deductible, which took them from third place to fifth place, putting them in the bottom two. The girls of The Frankfoota Truck didn’t make it in time to win any of the three tokens and also ended up in the bottom two. In the end, they made the least profit and were sent back home to Brooklyn.

FN Dish caught up with The Frankfoota Truck team to chat about their time on the show.

FrankfootasWhat do you think was the biggest challenge in operating a food truck for the first time?
The fact that none of us have ever worked together in such close quarters was definitely a struggle. We were constantly bumping heads, literally and figuratively speaking. On top of that, we had no clue what we were doing. We took a crash course in truck operation, and then were given the keys to a BEAST of a vehicle that had a mind of its own. We had trouble with everything from figuring out how to get our water heater on to lighting the pilot.

At the motocross races, you were going back and forth on pricing strategy and ended up selling at lower prices. Did your team regret that choice?
We’d be lying if we told you that we don’t think about what the outcome could have been like had we upped the prices on our dogs at PMXP. But at the end of the day, regretting the decision doesn’t change a thing. So the answer is no, The Frankfootas don’t live their lives on regrets. We keep calm and chive on.

At elimination when you found out that you and Philly’s were in the bottom two, you felt that if you got saved, it would be because of Philly’s $500 fine, which would make it an undeserved win. Is there anything you think you could have done differently to keep you from getting into the bottom two?
For one thing, we could’ve won the challenge. That would’ve helped us out BIG TIME! We were slacking when it came to scouting locations, which is a tremendous part of excelling in this competition. If you don’t know where the crowd is and they can’t find you, your business isn’t going to get very far. That was pretty evident while we were posted up at the hardware store parking lot. The whole “if you build it, they will come” mentality definitely doesn’t apply here!

FrankfootasAt elimination, Tyler said you girls were “an unforgettable team in every sense of the word. Three sassy girls decked out in red, white and blue — what could be more awesome?” In your opinion, what made your team so great?
We’re from Brooklyn, the borough that breeds awesome: Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, Mae West, Spike Lee and Mel Brooks. You get some serious street credibility just for having a 7-1-8 area code. We came into this game with a “we don’t care” attitude, and I think that’s what made it so fun for us and everyone else that we were fortunate enough to work with.

Now that you’re back in Brooklyn, are you working on getting a food truck? What are your plans?
We don’t have a truck yet, but it’s in the works. Right now we’re looking to secure financing to get one on the road. When we do get it, our first line of business is to do a military tour overseas. We want to fly The Frankfoota Truck to Iraq and Afghanistan to serve our troops the way they’ve been serving us for over 10 years now. We’ve got a lot of love and utmost respect for all the men and women that have been fighting the good fight for our country, and we want to personally let them know that we can’t wait for each and every one of them to come home. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

What advice would you give the remaining food truck teams in the competition? Who are you rooting for?
Who is going to want to listen to the losers that got thrown off the show? All we can tell them is to have fun and make the most of this entire experience. Being a part of The Great Food Truck Race was the best thing that ever happened to us. Even though we didn’t make it very far, we walked away with some of the most incredible memories and stories we’ll be telling over cocktails for years to come. Oh yeah, and try not to kill one another. As far as who we’re rooting for, that’s a no-brainer: Aloha Plate, hands down.

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 (46)

  1. Marcie Kaye says:

    I so agree with the statement that the 'hot dog gals' made before elimination — 'if we beat them because they were fined $500.00, it will just mean we are getting by because of someone else's careless mistake and that is not the way I want to win' — The rules of a contest make it a level playing field for everyone and that being said, unfortunately, the 'best' does not always win the contest.

    • beachinfrizzy says:

      I admire them for that. Their downfall – in this challenge, at least – was their pricing was too low, which they debated among themselves but ultimately decided to give people "their money's worth". It might have cost them this race but hopefully their sense of fairness to their customers and sense of fair play with their competition will bring them good karma in the future. I wish them well.

  2. Perry says:

    Is it just me, or is anyone else finding it difficult to REALLY dislike a team (save the annoyance by the potato comment of the Tikka Tikka guy). They all have good back stories. They all seem like they have their eyes on the prize without trying to screw over anyone else. Just saying…

  3. Libba says:

    I am really tired of the Bowled and Beautiful team. Are the push up bras really necessary? They are supposed to be role models for single moms, but no mention of who is watching their children.

    • Elaine says:

      They are role models for single moms. If u don't like seeing there cleavage, I understand that. But they are Working.The majority of single mom's must work. There children are being watched by family,friends& or professional child car, just like other children, when their mom goes to work 7 days a week.

    • Sarah says:

      I didn't care for their fashion-sense any more than I cared for the hot dog gals' outifts and styling.

      I'm going to guess that the same person is watching their kids who usually watch their kids. If my husband and myself went on a business trip, friends or family would watch our kids.

  4. Cookster says:

    Bowled and Beautiful is gonna win. Not happy about that but I think it's in the bag. Men won last time.
    Women this time. They're also blonde. Need I say more. Will confess being born and raised in Philly you
    know who I'm rooting for.

  5. Jodi King says:

    what I don't get is that the boardwalk breakfast gets eliminated for taking a wrong turn and then philly team hits a sign, leaves the scene of an accident, and nothing happens to them and all they get is a 500.00 fine, they should have been made to pay for the whole thing. I think it is real poor that a team that worked real hard like frankfoota gets sent home, I believe everyone should boycott the show for the show not doing the right thing by kicking the philly team out. I think if they don't get rid of the philly team, they should bring back boardwalk breakfast considering they didn't do nearly as bad as the philly team and I really don't like the philly teams attitude about the whole thing and leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense. THE PHILLY TEAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED!!! SO BOYCOTT THE SHOW UNTIL THEY BRING BACK FRANKFOOTA AND BOARDWALK BREAKFAST AND ELIMINATE THE PHILLY TEAM.

    • Polly N. Saturated says:

      In defense of the Philly team, they didn't leave the scene until they had called their accident in-no criminals they.  

      In a previous season, another FT had an accident and all they had to pay was the deductible also

    • beachinfrizzy says:

      Probably wouldn't make for very interesting TV if FN decided to spend the show's already-limited airtime on the Philly guys waiting around for the police to come to fill out an accident report and then the dealings with the property owner and insurance adjuster. While there are plenty of instances where more on-camera explanation and coverage of the competition process would be warranted and welcome, in this case I don't mind at all that Tyler just "bottom lined" the outcome at elimination.

  6. misswendee says:

    Wow. I'm really surprised to see all the support for Aloha Plate. Am I missing something??

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