Season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race is traveling the nation from coast to coast, visiting cities where food trucks have been popular for years and where food truck businesses are just starting to gain momentum. And the reason why food trucks are popular is because they are the perfect solution for busy people who need on-the-go food, like Food Network stars, who find themselves splitting time between running restaurants and taping new shows. FN Dish recently caught up with the network’s stars to find out where they like to grab a bite to eat in their free time. Find out their picks below.
Cupcake Wars returns for Season 9 with all new episodes starting on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8pm/7c. Talented cupcake bakers will take on the challenge of making creative confections for a chance to win $10,000. On the premiere episode, special guest judge Jessica Alba will be having a launch party for her new family brand, The Honest Company, and she’s in need of the best all-natural and organic cupcakes. “As a guest judge and foodie, I was blown away by the contestants’ culinary creativity in baking cupcakes that were made with healthier ingredients but still tasted and looked amazing,” said Jessica. Watch the episode to see which baker wins the opportunity to cater the event.
Watch Cupcake Wars Saturdays (new night) at 8pm/7c.
This past Sunday, the six remaining food trucks in The Great Food Truck Race stopped by Pocatello, Idaho, where the challenges had them cooking dishes highlighting the state’s famous russet potato. The teams even had to do some digging of their own, harvesting from a local farm and then creating a dish elevating the humble spud to a special status. But Idaho is about more than just potatoes — the state has a lot of restaurants and eateries that not only bring in the locals but out-of-towners, too. FN Dish has done the digging for you, highlighting some terrific food options in Idaho from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
The 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.
Get ready to fire up the grill one last time and bid summer farewell this Labor Day weekend. Food Network has a great lineup of grilling episodes including Ina’s ultimate grilling guide on Barefoot Contessa on Saturday followed by Giada at Home, with Bobby Flay and Giada grilling together. On Sunday, Bobby throws a block party on Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, serving up a late-summer-inspired menu with Long Island flair.
Once you’ve wrapped up your weekend festivities, tune in for a night of competition on Sunday, starting with The Great Food Truck Race. The remaining teams roll into Idaho, where the potato is king. Then on Cutthroat Kitchen, watch as chefs dish out sabotages for one another — there will be mystery meat, cupcakes and pies. And finally, watch a new episode of Iron Chef America.
On tonight’s episode of Chef Wanted, Salvatore Lupoli, owner of Salvatore’s in Boston, was looking for a new executive chef for the sixth location of his Italian restaurant chain. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team brought in four candidates for the job: Chefs Gustavo Romero, Robert Lia, Michael Ceraldi and Jonathan Lemon. Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. In the end the chef who showed the most leadership and control of his staff was offered the job of executive chef at the new Salvatore’s restaurant.
Season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race is in full swing, and at this point it’s anybody’s game, as host Tyler Florence has pointed out. Whoever wins the $50,000 can look forward to many opportunities. The Season 3 winners, Seoul Sausage, went on to open a brick-and-mortar location in Los Angeles, where they sell their special kimchi balls, which became a perennial favorite during the run of the show. FN Dish is giving away five Seoul Sausage T-shirts to randomly selected winners for nominating the most appealing offerings that this season’s teams are bringing to the race.
To enter: Tell us in the comments which menu from this season’s food trucks you would most like to try. The contest starts at 3pm EST today and ends Thursday, Sept. 4 at 3pm EST. And don’t forget to watch The Great Food Truck Race on Sundays at 9pm/8c.
The latest stop on The Great Food Truck Race took the seven remaining teams to Portland, Ore., where city restrictions and an exotic cooking challenge awaited them. One of the stipulations was that the teams had to sell on private property, forcing most to make partnerships with local Portland businesses, such as bakeries, bars, restaurants and cafes. Two teams, Tikka Tikka Taco and Boardwalk Breakfast Empire, parked in Cartlandia and A La Carts Food Pavilion, two popular food cart pods that feature some of the city’s best mobile eateries. With all these options, it’s easy to see that Portland is a foodie’s paradise and the bustling restaurant scene is one that’s worth exploring. FN Dish has highlighted some terrific options from Food Network’s On the Road guide to Portland. Check them out below.
The seven remaining teams had a wet start in Portland on Episode 2 of The Great Food Truck Race. With little foot traffic, sales were slow, and each team was stuck with its chosen location because of Portland’s street vendor regulations. Boardwalk Breakfast Empire and Tikka Tikka Taco chose to set up residence at local food cart pods, whereas the other teams partnered with local business, but neither location was more advantageous than the other. Besides that, a set of surprises from Tyler made for an even more challenging weekend. But one team that was headed for success suddenly took a turn for the worse.
On tonight’s episode of Chef Wanted, Tavern 1757 in Seymour, Conn., needed a new executive chef after losing its former chef. The restaurant features country-style Italian cuisine anchored by a brick oven. The owners, Tony Mavuli and his son Tonino, were looking for a chef who could showcase the vision of the restaurant. Anne Burrell brought in four candidates: chefs Brian Reilly, Kelli Daniels, Tommy Valdes and Ryan Escude. Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. In the end the decision for the Mavulis would be difficult since both chefs offered great flavors.