The 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 weekend, it’s all about the competitions on Food Network. First, on Saturday, four cupcake bakers will compete to win an opportunity to cater a launch party for Jessica Alba’s new brand, The Honest Company. Then on Sunday, eight kids enter into competition, joining either Team Rachael or Team Guy, ready to cook for the chance to win a Web series. On The Great Food Truck Race, the five remaining teams race to South Dakota, where the challenges include cooking buffalo. Then tune in for the ultimate in sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen and watch a new episode of Iron Chef America.
On tonight’s Chef Wanted, chef/owner Rodney Worth was looking for an executive chef for his restaurant The Pear Southern Bistro in Napa, Calif. He and his wife, Natalie, own and operate six restaurants in Northern California, and handing over the reins of The Pear to another chef would allow Rodney to spend more time with their kids. Anne Burrell brought in four viable candidates for the job opportunity, but only one got the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
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.