Tonight’s Food Network episode of “The Great Food Truck Race” starring Tyler Florence was titled “Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy.” As the teams drive their trucks and cars to the destination in Mobile, Alabama, they discuss their food strategy. One problem exists; Tyler is always ready to throw a monkey wrench in their plans.
With the final three teams ready to battle it out, they saw the Beach Cruiser truck leave the competition last week while the rest continue to vie for the ultimate food truck plus $50,000 in seed money. The three teams left to battle it out are:
Let There Be Bacon is from Cleveland, Ohio are three chefs; Matt, Dylan and Jon. They are devoted to one of the basic food groups in the North, bacon. Their plans to open a restaurant were put on hold when Matt got cancer, but he is fine now and raring to go.
Lone Star Chuck Wagon is from Houston, Texas. The three teammates are; Lance, Rachel and Andrea who hope to bring Texas barbeque to the population.
Middle Feast from is Los Angeles, California. Tommy and his sister Hilla with their friend Arkadi hope to bring food from Israel and the Middle East to America.
They all arrive in Mobile, Alabama, the heart of shrimping country, on the Gulf of Mexico; they received $400 seed money from Tyler. They each had another challenge, to fill their bags with shrimp. The team that comes closest to 100 pounds of shrimp will get what they took for free. The Lone Star Chuck Wagon came closest and got 77 pounds of shrimp for free. Tyler told them that they needed three seafood dishes this week.
Tyler came by and told the teams they had to close up at 9 p.m. He wanted them fresh for the next day when they have a brunch cook off, and whoever makes the best fish meal will win $1,000.
On the second day, the trucks had their brunch menu ready, but the Lone Star truck forgot to purchase the grouper they were charging $40 for. So they replaced it with tilapia for $30. Tyler sent undercover people to get the brunch specials for him and he will be the judge. As they waited for the challenge to begin, Tyler had already tasted their food. They had to shut down and meet him at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion where he would announce the winners of the brunch challenge who would go on to the seafood challenge for the $1,000.
The Lone Star truck made a tilapia dish coated with Cajun spice and the Bacon truck made lettuce wrap with Cajun shrimp. Tyler and another chef tasted the food, and declared the winner to be Let There Be Bacon who won $1,000 for their till.
On the third day, it was the final elimination where one more team would leave the competition. The final tally gave first place to Middle Feast who made over $10,000. Second place was Lone Star Chuck Wagon, and going home was the Let There Be Bacon truck who tearfully said goodbye, but Tyler told them to go back to Cleveland and continue to bring bacon to the people on this episode of “The Great Food Truck Race.”