The Great Food Truck Race kicks off season four with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls, who hit the road for the longest route in series history (4,181 miles). The exciting culinary challenges that celebrate the country’s national landmarks starts from the Hollywood sign to South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial, to Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain, then to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. These competitors are not current food truck operators. They are eight teams of talented cooks with unique concepts and dreams to one day operate their own food truck business.
The competitors have to demonstrate top-notch cooking abilities and an entrepreneur’s creativity and business skills. Each three-person team is provided 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 business.
I think Food trucks are fun concept of eating out and trying new food, this is a low cost entryway for aspiring culinary talent to succeed without a traditional restaurant. Watch the show hosted by Tyler Florence, when the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.
In the season premiere, host Tyler Florence greets the eight teams in Los Angeles under the iconic Hollywood sign, and each team sees their custom-made truck for the first time. For their first challenge, he sends them to Beverly Hills for a contest in upscale sales. Each team can only sell one signature dish on their menu, and the dish must be sold for at least $20 each. Tyler and the teams then head 380 miles north to San Francisco, where the trucks must pick a different signature dish to sell exclusively. The team that earns the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home. The route then sends the trucks to Portland, Pocatello, Idaho; Rapid City, S.D.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago, featuring guest stars Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legendary football coach Mike Ditka; and Washington D.C., where the life-changing grand prize is awarded in the season finale.