Food Network series The Great Food Truck Race returns Southern-style this summer, with seven teams of food truck novices battling from New Orleans to Savannah for a $50,000 grand prize.
Hosted by Tyler Florence, this high-stakes road trip is full of beautiful scenery, Southern landmarks and intense food challenges. Team cooking chops, selling strategy and business savvy are tested in every city, with the least successful truck heading home each week and a $50,000 grand prize for the last truck standing.
This season’s competitors are:
Braised in the South – Charleston, South Carolina (Nick Hunter, Steven Klatt, Brandon Lapp)
The Breakfast Club – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Ashanti Dixon, Taylor Randolph, Mikey Robins)
Mr. Po’ Boys – Dallas, Texas (Cedrick McCoy, Ryan Thompson, Esther Torres)
Papi Chulo’s Empanadas – Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Sarah Hasbun, Carleena Lara-Bregatta, Luis Lara Polanco)
The Southern Frenchie – Little Rock, Arkansas (Donnie Ferneau, Meaghan Ferneau, Amanda Ivy)
Stick ‘Em Up – Rogersville, Tennessee (Justin House, Landon House, Shona House)
Wicked Good Seafood – Falmouth, Massachusetts (Bill Henrique, Ryan Schuhmacher, Dan Torres)
First Episode Synopsis– The teams are greeted in the French Quarter of New Orleans by host Tyler Florence and their dream food trucks. The race kicks off immediately with the first challenge called “Dough for Dough,” where they must create their own version of a beignet and sell it in the French Market. The teams find out running a food truck is harder than they thought, and the second New Orleans challenge is to create a dish using the flavors of the popular Hurricane drink. Local chef Susan Spicer determines who created the best plate, then one team is eliminated and the rest move closer to the finish line and $50,000 grand prize.
The route then hits Pensacola, Florida; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, leading to the finale location in Savannah, Georgia, where one team will be awarded the $50,000 grand prize.
Viewers can learn more about the competing teams and browse photos of the challenges at FoodNetwork.com/FoodTrucks. Use the hashtag #GreatFoodTruckRace on social media to announce who you think should take home the grand prize.