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‘The Great Food Truck Race’ set to premiere Aug. 15

The Food Network is set to premeire its new show, The Great Food Truck Race, on August 15.
A segment of the channel’s latest endeavor was taped in Jonesborough in May. That episode is scheduled to air on September 12.
The show is based on what Food Network officials are calling the “hottest new trend” in cooking — chefs across the country are leaving behind their traditional restaurants and hitting the streets in mobile kitchens to serve some of the most unique and delicious dishes ever tasted.
The Great Food Truck Race features seven such gourmet food trucks as they embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip to convince Americans to step outside their culinary comfort zones and try something new – from a truck.
Chef and television host Tyler Florence leads the contestants in the six-episode competition, which premieres Sunday, Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.
The show then resumes its regular timeslot of Sundays at 9 p.m. starting Aug. 22.
From out-of-the-box sandwiches, burgers, and crepes to unique takes on Vietnamese, French, and Cajun cuisines, the trucks compete in weekly challenges to see who can sell the most food and race to the next episode while the losing team drives home. The last truck standing wins a $50,000 grand prize.
“Not only does the series focus on a hot new culinary trend, but the drama of the competition pushes these teams’ cooking skills, business savvy and relationships to their limit,” said General Manager/Senior Vice President Programming, Bob Tuschman.
The seven trucks include: Austin Daily Press out of Austin, Texas; Crepes Bonaparte from Fullerton, Calif.; Grill ‘Em All out of Los Angeles, Calif.; Nana Queens from Culver City, Calif.; Nom Nom Truck from Los Angeles, Calif.); Ragin’ Cajun out of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; and Spencer on the Go from San Francisco, Calif.
In the premiere, the teams meet Florence in Los Angeles, the center of the food truck revolution, and the race begins with the teams’ first game-changing twist known in each episode as the Truck Stop challenge:
Instead of starting in Los Angeles, the race commences in San Diego. To even the playing field, the teams begin with empty trucks and an equal amount of seed money. They have three days to prepare, promote and sell their food by any means necessary.
After a weekend of triumphs, teamwork, and tests of character, the totals are tallied and the trucks find out who continues the great race and who goes home. 
New twists and turns arise as the race continues through Santa Fe, N.M.; Ft. Worth, Texas; New Orleans; and then Jonesborough, where only three teams remain ­— Grill ‘Em All, Nom Nom Truck and Spencer on the Go.
Called “Small Town Showdown,” the episode begins as the remaining teams pull into Jonesborough.
Nervous about how this small town will react to them, the teams meet Florence on Main Street and realize that this leg of the race will hinge on their sales acumen and food quality.
The trucks battle over the crowd assembled for Music On The Square, but according to show producers, keeping their attention proves difficult.
In the episode’s Truck Stop challenge, Florence tells the teams to meet him at Old Man Johnson’s farm to cook an authentic five-course prairie meal over an open fire to be judged by two cowboy historians from the American Chuck Wagon Association.
As a reward, the winning team moves their truck to a greater populated town where they have the chance to beat out the competition. The show also taped in Elizabethton.
Following the Jonesborough episode, the remaining two finalists race to the finish line through the hungry streets of New York City’s five boroughs in the show’s finale.
To view a promotion of The Great Food Truck Race or to read team biographies, visit