The owners of the iconic Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, the Maccioni family, were looking for an executive chef to head a new addition of their Tuscan-concept Osteria del Circo, set to open in Abu Dhabi. They needed a chef who would be able to infuse Tuscan cuisine with a Middle Eastern flair. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team had four candidates: chefs James Trees, Alexandre Petard, Mike Perez, and Luca Banfi.
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. Ultimately the decision would be both easy and difficult because the family could see either of the finalists filling the position. The show’s ending would prove to be an unprecedented surprise to both chefs.
The start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing one of the new food truck teams. Like last season, the competitors are made up of first-time food truck operators who dream of one day running their own businesses, but this time the challenges are even harder — and the journey longer. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to make the most profits every week in order to get to the finish line.
The Great Food Truck Race not only tests to see that the food truck teams can make good food and earn their share of profits, but it also tests the teams’ resilience in off-the-cuff challenges. At the end of each week, the team with the least amount of sales goes home, but oftentimes a win in a truck stop challenge can move a team from last place to the winner’s circle. It’s anyone’s game.
Any fan who has watched the show these past three seasons might remember how crazy some of the challenges have been. And Season 4, which begins August 18 at 9pm/8c, will be no different. But until the season premiere, here’s your chance to prove your knowledge to see how well you remember the teams and challenges from the last three seasons.
Test Your Knowledge: The Great Food Truck Race
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In Season 3, Momma's Grizzly Grub was penalized for an accident involving a ___
Every season of The Great Food Truck Race has featured truck stop challenges that were somewhat over-the-top. Which has not been a truck stop challenge?
Cooking with roadkill
Butchering a whole pig
Foraging in the forest for mushrooms
Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean
In season 1, which team donated 15 percent of their profit during a challenge to help out a little league baseball team?
Spencer on the Go
Austin Daily Press
Nom Nom Truck
Season 2 saw the prize money increase from $50,000 to how much?
In Season 3, Nonna's Kitchenette and Seoul Sausage faced off in a challenge that required them to create a New England-style lobster dish. The losing team was punished with ___
Losing a member of the team for the day
Shucking 6 bushels of clams
Walking the plank three times each
Going lobster fishing for the day
In Season 2, Korilla BBQ was disqualified after it was discovered they had cheated by ___
Ignoring the speed bump challenge
Adding their own money to the till
Rigging the truck stop challenge
Stealing money from another team's till
Which season featured a challenge that saw the teams cooking five-course meals at a rustic farm using frontier equipment?
Which current Food Network Star, Season 9 competitor was a contestant on Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race?
Which season had its finale in New York City?
In Season 3, a speed bump required the teams to abandon their truck and sell from a ___
Food court kiosk
Hot dog cart
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We challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.
This week, Star winners and Chopped judges are going up against their own cohorts in two meaty showdowns. Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro faces his predecessor, Season 6 winner Aarti Sequeira, in a battle of pulled pork sandwiches. Chris Santos and Scott Conant often judge together behind the Chopping Block, but today they put up their best summer burgers for you to judge. Whose pulled pork and burgers will you cook up? Cast your votes below!
More than just a barbecue joint, The Shed is an experience, full of unforgettable people, live blues jams and, of course, a seemingly never-ending supply of saucy ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. You’ll get to see firsthand the work that the Orrisons — the first family of Mississippi Barbecue — put into making their business run smoothly when they share a sneak peek of their upcoming series, The Shed, tomorrow at 10pm/9c.
Before then, however, FN Dish is giving fans the first look at The Shed and an exclusive opportunity to hear from Brad and Brooke, the brother-and-sister founders of The Shed. Click the play button on the video above to get an insider’s look at the property’s junkyard, Brad’s never-before-seen outdoor office and a glimpse inside The Shed’s kitchen, where Hobson— the pit master — has prepared nearly 1 million pounds of barbecue.
Tune in Sunday at 10pm/9c to catch a sneak-peek episode of The Shed, then watch Monday at 10pm/9c to see the season premiere.
A new family is coming to Food Network: the Orrisons, known as the First Family of Mississippi Barbecue. The saying goes, a family that eats together stays together. Well, this family not only does that, they also work together. Brother and sister team Brad and Brooke run the business of The Shed, a popular barbecue joint, while their parents, Mama Shed and Daddy-O, work for them. How many families can say that? But somehow this uncommon dynamic works — most of the time.
The new series features a look inside the business and all the happenings surrounding The Shed, following each family member and employee, who make up a colorful cast of personalities. It’s a real-life sitcom slathered in barbecue sauce! Watch a sneak-peek episode of The Shed on Sunday, August 4 at 10pm/9c and tune in for the premiere on Monday, August 5 at 10pm/9c.
Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., needed a new chef for The Bistro, one of its four restaurants. Executive Chef David Reardon and general manager Kathleen Cochran were looking for an executive chef worthy of cooking in the gourmet restaurant for high-end clientele. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team brought in four candidates: Chefs Diana Hernandez, Earl Anthony Morris, Chris Turano and Jared Case. 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 David and Kathleen would be a difficult one because both chefs had their share of ups and downs during dinner, but it came down to food and flavor.
Although he’s overseen hundreds of rounds of Chopped, Ted had never before cooked in the kitchen, and he didn’t know the experiences of manipulating mystery ingredients, running through the pantry or competing against the clock firsthand. Until tonight, that is. In his first foray into battle against the Chopping Block, Ted went head-to-head-to-head with Marc and Maneet in an After Hours competition, while Chris filled his hosting shoes for the day. Ted and the judges watched three chef-competitors attempt a basket of crab legs, sweet vermouth, green asparagus and Mexican wedding cookies, before they, too, tried their hands at those ingredients with only 30 minutes on the clock.
Ted may have been the rookie contestant in the kitchen, but that didn’t stop him from tackling an ambitious dish of crab cakes, especially since the crab was frozen at the start of the battle. He quickly boiled it, making the meat easier to work with, before getting started on a vermouth vinaigrette. As is often the case among the chefs, he faced a potentially damning problem with just minutes left to cook, when his vinaigrette broke in the blender. Per the advice of peer and guest host Chris, however, Ted remade the mixture, and in the end, “it totally made the dish,” according to Chris.
Faced with a mountain of debt, Dorothy and Thom Williams, husband-and-wife owners of Benner Street restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa., were unsure if they would see their retirement if the dire situation at their business didn’t improve. They looked to Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team to give their eatery the second chance it deserves, and when Robert arrived, he soon realized the root of Benner Street’s problems: its bickering owners, to start, plus its drab interior and poorly stocked bar. With just two days to work and a budget of $10,000, Robert helped Dorothy and Thom learn how to effectively manage a staff while he overhauled the restaurant’s design and revamped its menu. FN Dish checked in with Dorothy a few months after Benner Street’s reopening to find out how her business is doing today.
“Business is up 40 percent,” Dorothy says. “All the employees and family are excited about our new beginning and all are working toward our success.”
OnFood 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?