“The Great Food Truck Race” 2014 continued Sept. 7 on the Food Network as the remaining teams traveled to Oklahoma City for a fourth week of intense competition. By evening’s end, yet another team ran out of “time” and found themselves eliminated from contention.
The episode opened as the five teams still vying for a state of the art food truck and $50,000 talked strategy as they wheeled their way toward Oklahoma City. Upon arrival, the contestants met up with show host Tyler Florence for the week’s instructions. After reminding the teams of their comparatively poor sales performances during week three, he shared that week four’s focus would be on time and the concept of time management.
In honor of the famed Oklahoma City stockyards, he told the teams that each would need to add one steak item to their menu. Noting the high cost of steak, he gave each team $400 –$150 more than the usual $250– in seed money. Then he reminded them to be mindful of the clock, and sent them on their way.
As the teams ran to their vehicles to begin shopping for the weekend, Tyler turned to the camera and shared that the first team to shop, cook, and then open their truck would be allowed to sell food, while the other four would be penalized for not better using their time. He termed the task a secret Speed Bump.
The guys of Let There Be Bacon opted to save time by phoning their sizable food order into a local wholesaler so it would be ready for pick-up upon arrival. Unfortunately, they exceeded their budget, and were forced to waste time removing items from their haul. While they wasted time at the register, Middle Feast surged ahead, finishing their shopping trip in just 14 minutes.
With all of the shopping complete, the trucks located sales spots, parked, and started cooking. The teams stressed over when to open for business as lines of hungry consumers formed. Moments after each truck began dishing up food, Tyler called to let them know the results of the super secret speed bump. As the first truck to sell a meal, Madres Mexican Meals earned the right to continue selling. The rest were told to fill their remaining orders and then close down until he called them back.
Madres enjoyed increased sales volume as the others lamented their bad luck. After 15 minutes passed, Tyler called and informed Lone Star Chuck Wagon that as they could re-open. Another 15 minutes later, the third-place Middle Feast were told to re-open their truck, and Bacon followed 15 minutes behind them, leaving Beach Cruiser in last place. Fortunately for Beach Cruiser, many folks opted to stay in line to buy their food, and they were able to make decent sales after Tyler gave them the go-ahead to open.
As traffic in Bricktown died down, some of the teams relocated to different locations to continue selling. The guys of Bacon felt particularly pleased with their success, as did Beach Cruiser, who found a new resting spot outside a popular local bar. Madres, however, lost a lot of steam when they set up shop at a race track and their no-pressure sales strategy didn’t yield many sales.
As day two dawned, the trucks ventured out once again. Bacon, who parked outside a popular restaurant, and Beach Cruiser, who landed outside a church, teemed with business. The other three teams didn’t fare quite as well out of the gates.
Shortly into the day, Tyler called with the week’s Truck Stop Cooking Challenge. He shared that they needed to become fried onion burger trucks, and would learn how to create their new menu items via a tutorial with a pro at Tucker’s.
Tyler went on to explain that with the same amount of time, the same ingredients, and the same price point –$10 for a burger and fries– time was the only thing that would determine the first place $500 winner and the second place $250 winner. He told each team to call him as soon as they’d sold their 50th burger to find out their respective placements, and sent them off to begin learning the onion burger craft.
Although each team began offering up their burgers within a reasonable time frame, three of the teams struggled with sales. Beach Cruiser, who didn’t have trouble selling, cruised to the $500 win by selling all 50 burgers first. The $250 second place prize went to Middle Feast, who did a great job of aggressively recruiting buyers. Bacon finished just out of the money in third place. Madres and Lone Star failed to finish the task by 8:30 p.m. and Tyler called to tell them both to shut down for the night.
As the season’s fourth elimination day dawned, the contestants joined Tyler for judgment. After telling them that they’d sold an impressive $25,000 in food, he revealed the week’s results. With a whopping $6,220 in sales, Middle Feast claimed first place, while second place went to Beach Cruiser with $5,580 and $5,072 earned Let There Be Bacon the three-spot. The fourth and final spot went to Lone Star Chuck Wagon, who made $4,646 in sales. With the lowest week four total, Madres Mexican Meals was eliminated from the competition.
After Madres departed, Tyler told the four remaining teams that they’d be heading to St. Louis for week five. “The Great Food Truck Race” 2014 continues from St. Louis on Sept. 14.