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America’s Favorite Food Truck — We Have a Winner

by in Shows, September 25th, 2011

chef tai gourmet truck
This season of The Great Food Truck Race has introduced America to eight delicious food trucks, including the two finalists, Hodge Podge and The Lime Truck. While the race on TV winds down, the race to vote for America’s Favorite Food Truck has ended and we have a winner: Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet Food Truck from College Station, Texas.

The contest to name America’s Favorite Food Truck started back in July with nearly 600 trucks and asked fans to nominate and vote for their favorite local truck. Over four million people voted and now, Chef Tai can claim the grand prize of $10,000 and the chance to appear on season three of The Great Food Truck Race.

We caught up with Chef Tai Lee to ask him about his passion on wheels, as well as what we can expect from him in the future. Not only is he a Texas A&M graduate, but he’s stuck to his roots and parks his truck around campus, serving the crowd he knows best.

Read our exclusive interview »

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 19th, 2011

roxys grilled cheese food truck
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight new food trucks and a grand prize of $100,000. Each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game but, ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

This week, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese had an advantage over the other food trucks, but just couldn’t find themselves in the right place at the right time.

Find out who they’re rooting for in the finale »

Seabirds Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 5th, 2011

seabirds food truck
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight new food trucks and a grand prize of $100,000. Each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game but, ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

This week, Seabirds Food Truck couldn’t keep up with the crowds and found it difficult to adjust to Tyler’s costly speed-bump.

Read our exclusive interview »

Free Lunch Fridays: Korilla BBQ and Devilicious

by in Events, August 22nd, 2011

korilla bbq truck crew
Last week, Food Network launched The Great Food Truck Race: Lunch Is On Us campaign, with Korilla BBQ and Devilicious Food Truck each serving out 100 free lunches this past Friday in New York City and San Diego, respectively.

Fans that waited in line on Friday for Korilla BBQ got to choose anything off their menu, including their famous burritos. Over on the West Coast, fans were treated to Devilicious’ decadent butter-poached lobster grilled cheese sandwiches.

“This has been a great experience — such an incredible turnout,” said Eddie from Korilla BBQ. “We’re ready to make 200-300 meals today, possibly 500 including dinner.”

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Devilicious Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 22nd, 2011

devilicious food truck
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight new food trucks and a grand prize of $100,000. Each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game but, ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

This week, Devilicious Food Truck’s marketing strategy seemed clever at first, enticing people over to eat their food, but it came back to haunt them in the end.

FN Dish: $100 isn’t a lot of money, but your team had the clever idea to go to a commissary. Can you tell the readers what that is?
DFT: A commissary is where we park our trucks to meet health code requirements; they also supply food, beverages and other items necessary to run our trucks.

Continue reading their exit interview »

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 14th, 2011

skys gourmet tacos
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road last night with eight new food trucks and the bright lights of Vegas. With a grand prize of $100,000 on the line, each truck will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately, one truck must go each week. Every Monday, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest “Food Truck” contestants to get the boot.

This week, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos seemed to face one challenge after another — money, a blown-out tire and resulting time constraints — and unfortunately, Barbara, her son Victor and business partner Kevin had to say goodbye.

FN Dish: I originally thought the $500 was going to be your major setback due to pricey ingredients; however, it looks like your blown tire might have sent your team home. Tell us about that moment and what you did to make up for lost time and money.

SGT: At the time the tire blew, we were literally right in the middle of engaging team strategy for Vegas — the cameras were rolling.  During those hours of delay in locating and then having the tire replaced, I missed 12 critical phone calls, including our confirmation call for the high school’s spring break student fundraiser of which we were the exclusive food vendor for 1,500 kids/parents/supporters.

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The Great Food Truck Race: Lunch Is On Us

by in Shows, August 13th, 2011

great food truck race lunch
From New York to California, Korean barbecue to waffles, food trucks are taking the nation by storm as season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race kicks off tomorrow.

Food trucks across the country have established cult followings by harnessing social media and grass roots marketing. Now, you can get in on the action, too. All season long, follow Food Network’s Facebook and Twitter updates to learn how you can score a free lunch.

Here’s how it works: On Sunday night, immediately following each episode of The Great Food Truck Race, visit Food Network’s Facebook page to see which city and food truck will host a Friday lunch.

Find out how to receive a free lunch »

Tyler Florence Dishes on the New Season of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 12th, 2011

tyler florence
This past Tuesday, Food Network fans had the chance to leave a question for Tyler Florence about his new season of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network’s Facebook page.  We promised he’d answer a selection of them:

William Zoellick: How do you determine which food trucks are to compete?

Tyler: The casting process is handled by the production company in Los Angeles and they look for a good slice of an American story. This year we have trucks from New York, Miami and Cleveland — they’re all the best-of-the-best.

Tammy Sanner McCrae: How do you pick the cities you stop in?

Tyler: We didn’t want to double up on the cities we visited in the previous season, so this year we started out in Malibu, then we went to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and so on. Every season, we’re going to plot a new course across the United States with new cities.

More of your questions answered after the jump »

8 New Food Trucks Ready to Roll

by in Shows, May 21st, 2011

great food truck race contestants
The second season of The Great Food Truck Race is hitting the road, with chef Tyler Florence returning as host. While you’ll have to wait until Sunday, August 14 to watch the first episode, we can give you a first look now.

Eight trucks from around the country, with three contestants each, embark on a culinary road trip, coming face-to-face with conditions including: weather problems, location mishaps, food sourcing issues and ever-changing customer taste buds. Let’s not forget to factor in the dynamic of the teams, many of them with existing relationships such as: brother and sister, best friends, mother and son and husband and wife to-be.

What’s on the line? The last truck standing wins $100,000 ($50,000 more than last year’s grand prize) and bragging rights.

Meet the road warriors after the jump »