Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race has served up plenty of entertainment in past seasons, so we’ve got a good feeling about the third season will bring more of what we love onto the road when it premieres Sunday, August 19 at 10/9c. But there’s a twist to the normal show we’re used to.
Hosted by Tyler Florence, this cross-country culinary road trip will no longer be a competition between current food truck operators as in prior seasons, but rather between eight teams who desperately want to be in the food truck business. Each three-person team has a dream, a concept, insane culinary skills and will be provided with a vehicle for the race. But only the grand prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their dream business when the competition comes to a close.
This season, the featured teams are Barbie Babes (Los Angeles via Australia), Coast of Atlanta (Atlanta), Momma’s Grizzly Grub (Wasilla, Alaska), Nonna’s Kitchenette (Parsippany/West Caldwell, NJ), Pizza Mike’s (Columbus, Ohio), Pop-A-Waffle (Los Angeles), Seoul Sausage (Los Angeles) and Under the Crust (San Diego).
From mobile mini-pies and authentic Aussie grub to specialty waffles, each team’s inspired cuisine and road strategy is put to the test in city-specific challenges that begin at a Long Beach, California lighthouse and continue through the finale at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine, the easternmost point of the United States. From the west coast starting point, the route then takes the teams to Flagstaff, Ariz.; Amarillo, Texas; Fayetteville, Ark.; Nashville and Cleveland – leading up to a final tri-city New England battle from Boston to Portland and Lubec, Maine.
As Bob Tuschman, Senior VP of Food Network, explained of this upcoming season, “viewers will love seeing if the aspiring chefs’ dreams hold up when the rubber meets the road.” We feel the same way, Bob!
Season Premiere of The Great Food Truck Race airs
Sunday, August 19 at 10/9c on Food Network.