On tonight’s episode of “Food Truck Face Off,” starring former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer. With four teams competing to receive their own food truck for one whole year; the four will be brought down to two teams who will compete for two days of stress and unknown events until the winner is announced.
The four teams will make their presentations to the judges; Steak Shapiro, Alpana Singh and Robyn Almodovar, an award-winning food truck owner. They will be looking for unique flavors, buyable concepts and presentations.
Competing are Chris & Tanya of Tapas Trios, who presented several small bites, they received positive and negative feedback from the judges. Keli & Tricia the Miami Meatballers, who make small bites of different kinds of meatballs with a twist. They received good feedback for their food.
Christopher & Andrea of Killer Fish Taco served a venomous fish taco to the judges, made from lionfish that has venomous spines, but the meat is edible.
Hector & Jharvis of Tapas Shots, who made Mango Lollipop Wings with their homemade barbeque sauce and Jerk Chicken Pasta that the judges liked, although the pasta was not considered tapas.
After the sampling, the judges voted to keep Tapas Shots and Miami Meatballers. Now their job was to face off against each other. When they met their trucks, they were amazed. It was more than they could imagine and were ready to have their own truck. Jesse gave them the rules. The truck that earns the most money over two days gets to keep the truck. No earnings will be revealed until the competition is over. The first location is Charnow Park in Hollywood, Florida, where they will sell back-to-back.
The Miami Meatballers menu was: Original Italian Meatball Sliders stuffed with mozzarella for $8, Lamb Meatbahhl with orzo $9, Vegetaball with spinach & parmesan $8, and Basil Lemonade $4.
The Tapas Shots will be selling: Jerk Chicken Pasta for $6.50, Jerk Wings $6, Mango Lollipop Wings $6 and Shabba Juice, a Caribbean Punch for $2.50.
They now had only thirty minutes to shop in a giant warehouse for everything they needed. When the time was up, each team was missing items for their signature dishes. The guys took a wrong turn and finally they made it to the designated spaces. They had prep time, and as the time was coming close for them to open, the girls ran out of water. Jesse called time to open, and they started rocking. As things progressed, the meatballs started falling apart in the pot and the guys ran out of change for their items that were not rounded up to even dollars.
When one guy had to run for change, the other was working like a beaver to keep the food coming. When time was up, they took the cash boxes. The judges told them, the winner of the day’s judging would win a prep cook for a half hour the next day. On day two, they would be going against not only their competitor, but all competition at Miami Dade’s busy college district. Their challenge is to come up with another daily special that will wow the college crowd.
They restocked their trucks the next day and the prep cook, Stephanie arrived to help the girls. The guys stayed focused and got their prep work done. The lines were long for both trucks, and the judges came by to check out the trucks. The second day was much better for the both trucks. When time was up, they had to pack up and meet Jesse and the judges back in the studio.
As they reported to the judges; Miami Meatballers did a great job, and the Tapas Shots recovered nicely from the first day disaster. The Miami Meatballers made $417, and the Tapas Shots made $330. The two day totals were; Miami Meatballers $965 and the Tapas Shots total was $732. The Miami Meatballers won the food truck for a year and the hope that they will be able to buy one before the year was over on this episode of “Food Truck Face Off.”