The Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race - Episode Guide

Season 8

  • Battle for the South: The Race Through Savannah

    Season 8 - September 24, 2017

    The final two food truck teams arrive in Savannah, and Tyler Florence's first challenge brings the teams out of the food trucks and into a new mobile selling vehicle: pedicabs. Each team has a half hour to make as much food as possible to sell out of their own pedicabs, and the team with the most profits gets $500 added to their till. Next, the teams travel through the city, where they sell head-to-head in new locations. At each location, they receive a new shellfish to include in a dish, and the team that sells the most fish dishes gets $500. Finally, Tyler reveals the team with the highest total till, the winner of Great Food Truck Race: Battle for the South!

  • Battle for the South: Fresh Off the Farm

    Season 8 - September 17, 2017

    The remaining three food truck teams arrive at a peach farm in Athens, GA, where they meet Tyler Florence and Athens chef Mimi Maumus. In the first challenge, the teams make a savory dish using the provided ingredients and peaches. The winning team gets to shut down the other two trucks for one hour at any time during the sell. Then, Tyler throws them a curveball while shopping and asks them for a completely fresh menu. The team that with the lowest sales is sent home.

  • Battle for the South: Hot Chicken in the City

    Season 8 - September 10, 2017

    Tyler Florence has a surprise for the four remaining food truck teams: a taste of the Nashville's famous hot chicken, prepared by Nashville native and owner of restaurant 400 Degrees, Aqui Hines. The teams sample and see if they can take the heat, then Tyler challenges them to make their own versions of hot dishes -- but without chicken. Aqui tastes the dishes, awarding the winner $500 in their till. On the second day in Nashville, Tyler has the teams to create their own self-promotion, much like the many artists in the city. Country singer Craig Wayne Boyd judges their promotions, rewarding the winning team with immunity.

  • Battle for the South: Sweet Home Alabama

    Season 8 - September 3, 2017

    The remaining five trucks arrive in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to find Tyler Florence and pastry chef Jan Moon waiting for them with a challenge: to crack the most pecans in just 15 minutes. The teams must then use their pecans in a dessert dish to sell on their trucks, with the winner receiving valuable mentoring time with Jan and the team that makes the most profits winning $200. On the second day in Tuscaloosa, Tyler challenges the cooks to a happy hour: for one hour, the pecan dishes will be sold for $1 only, and the team with the overall lowest sales will be out of the competition.

  • Battle for the South: New Marching Orders

    Season 8 - August 27, 2017

    The remaining six teams arrive at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida to receive their next marching orders. For this challenge, the highest grossing teams from the first leg of the race get to pick teams to work with to feed 50 service members. The teams pair up and have one hour to cook before the hungry service members arrive. The teams with the favorite dish get $200 added to their final till. Next, they hit the streets of Pensacola to sell their dishes. But the teams get a chance at a life vest when Tyler offers immunity to the next round to the team that can make the most profits off a dish featuring the special of the day, a full fresh Red Snapper.

  • Battle for the South: The Big 'Not So Easy'

    Season 8 - August 20, 2017

    Seven teams with dreams of running their own food trucks arrive in the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans where they meet host Tyler Florence. For their first challenge, the teams must create their own version of a beignet and sell it in the French Market in a challenge called "Dough for Dough." Whatever money they earn, they get to add to their seed money. Next, the teams shop and hit the streets to sell, and find out that running a food truck is harder than they thought! In the second challenge, the teams must impress New Orleans Celebrity Chef Susan by creating a dish inspired by the popular Hurricane drink. One team is eliminated and six make it closer to the finish line and the grand prize of $50,000.

Season 7

  • Family Face Off: The Island

    Season 7 - September 25, 2016

    The final two teams head back to Los Angeles, where their trucks have a ferry to catch to Catalina Island. First, however, the teams must become hot dog vendors in the port town of San Pedro, Calif. to compete for a distinct advantage. Once on the island, it's a head-to-head family face-off as the final two teams sell side-by-side, putting everything on the line before finding out who will get $50,000 and be crowned winner of The Great Food Truck Race. 

  • Family Face Off: A Dessert in the Desert

    Season 7 - September 18, 2016

    The final three teams brave the sweltering desert heat of Palm Springs, Calif. as they take on a challenge that tasks them with making something sweet to eat. The next day, they must become "human roadside attractions" and create a costume to draw customers to their truck. For one family, tempers flare as temperatures rise, and in the end, another team goes home while the last two family food trucks set course for the finale.
     
  • Family Face Off: An Egg-cellent Adventure

    Season 7 - September 11, 2016

    The four remaining family food truck teams head inland to the Santa Barbara Wine County, where they must face a challenge involving ostriches. Beginning to gel as food trucks, the teams sell in the Danish town of Solvang, Calif., where they're given a challenge steeped in the local culture that causes some setbacks. After a busy weekend of selling, one team is sent home after a very close elimination. 
     
  • Family Face-Off: Things Get Berry Interesting

    Season 7 - September 4, 2016

    The five remaining food truck teams head up the Pacific Coast Highway to Ventura County, where they're the main attraction at the California Strawberry Festival. The teams take on a challenge where they must create one sweet and one savory dish featuring locally-grown strawberries. One team uses their family network to attract customers, tension develops when another team can't get organized, and rivalries form as all the trucks jockey for selling turf. 

  • Family Face-Off: A Family Affair

    Season 7 - August 28, 2016

    Six family teams kick off the Great Food Truck Race with a funnel cake eating contest at a theme park in Los Angeles. After leaving the park, host Tyler Florence gives the families their first signature menu cooking challenge. On day two, the teams take part in a bidding war for a prime selling spot on the theme park's grounds. These first time food truckers quickly realize operating a food truck is much more than fun in the California sun as they continue on the road to the grand prize of $50,000!

Season 6

  • Showdown in Chi-Town

    Season 6 - September 27, 2015

    The two remaining teams arrive in St. Louis, ready for their final big sell. Tyler Florence challenges the teams to create three different dishes in 30 minutes to serve to two of the most renowned grill chefs in St. Louis, with the winner getting a valuable head start on the finale weekend. On their way to the Chicago showdown, they hit Springfield, Ill., for a Lincoln-themed sale. Once in Chicago, the teams have to hit three different ethnic neighborhoods with three different ethnic dishes. The team that first sells 50 dishes in each location will be crowned the champion of the Great Food Truck Race and drive away $50,000 richer.
     
  • Roadside Attractions

    Season 6 - September 20, 2015

    When the top three teams arrive in Tulsa, Tyler Florence takes away their phones and internet abilities: All of their research, outreach, marketing and navigation have to be done the old-fashioned way. He then challenges them to build roadside attractions to pull in customers. On their second day, the teams sell at one of the last drive-ins on Route 66. They race from car to car, knowing that each lost sale could be the one that sends them home.

  • High Steaks in Texas

    Season 6 - September 13, 2015

    In Amarillo, Texas, the final four teams are in for a steak-filled day: The seed money is determined by a steak-eating contest, and all the teams must add a steak dish to their menu. The team to sell the most of their steak dishes earns $500, as will the team with the best tasting dish. Prior to elimination, Tyler Florence makes each team send two members to pick up essentials, leaving their chances at the top three in the hands of their remaining teammate. 

  • Spicy Showdown in Santa Fe

    Season 6 - September 6, 2015

    In Santa Fe, N.M., Tyler Florence challenges the five teams to use peppers to create the ultimate spicy Sante Fe meal. The hot challenge comes with a hot $1,000 prize. Then, the teams must put their planning skills to the test, as they only have one hour to shop for the entire weekend. Selling head-to-head at the farmers' market, some teams discover their best laid plans are their worst enemies.

  • Off-Road Eats in Arizona

    Season 6 - August 30, 2015

    Before the six remaining teams make it to Flagstaff, Ariz., Tyler Florence calls them up to let them know that their first challenge is underway: The team who sells the most in Flagstaff will get a one-hour head start to their next stop, Sedona, Ariz. In Sedona, the teams must make a dish incorporating the local delicacy, rattlesnake/rabbit sausage, and leave the comfort of their trucks to sell from Pink Jeeps. 

  • All-American Road Trip

    Season 6 - August 23, 2015

    Seven teams of food truck owners start The Great Food Truck Race selling their signature dishes on the Santa Monica Pier. They then embark down historic Route 66, stopping in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for their first Truck Stop Cooking Challenge: The first team to sell 20 orders of their twist on Fish and Chips will get a bonus that might be enough to keep them safe from elimination. 

Season 5

  • Dinner Dates, Austin Style

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    This week, Tyler tests each team on their partnership skills in Austin, Texas. The teams are first paired up to sell together all weekend long, and are then sent for a Match.com event, feeding the hungriest singles in Austin. The next day, the teams must switch trucks and sell their partners' food. Then, the elimination comes down to a six dollar deficit. 

  • Finale

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    Tyler lays down the final gauntlet, as the teams must revisit each of the six lessons learned throughout the race, on an epic Florida road trip. They finalize their menu in Tampa, create a radio spot on the beach, partner up in Naples, take airboats into the Everglades for fresh alligator and then battle head to head in a cooking challenge to double their till, all before arriving in Key West. The teams sell on Duvall Street before being called to the White Street Pier for the final tally announcement, where one team will be crowned the winner of the Great Food Truck Race, driving away with $50,000 and the keys to their very own food truck. 

  • High Stakes in OKC

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    Tyler meets the teams in Oklahoma City, where he tests their time management skills, penalizing the team who takes the longest to get their day started. The teams must also embrace local favorites, adding a steak dish to their menu on the first day, and then grinding 20 pounds of prime meat by hand to sell the local classic "fried onion burger" on the second. And only four teams will be left to push through the midway point of this competition.

  • Hot Doggin' It In Tucson

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    Tyler greets the teams in Tucson, Ariz., where they must come up with a creative marketing campaign. Later, they must put their twists on a local hot dog favorite, with the top sellers winning bonus cash. The next day, the teams must create and perform a catchy jingle at the Tucson Folk Music Festival. 

  • Shrimpin Aint Easy

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    The three remaining teams roll into Mobile, Ala., where Tyler challenges them to cook locally. After enduring sub-zero temperatures, one team walks away with nearly 100 pounds of fresh gulf shrimp free of charge from a local wholesaler. Once they hit the streets of Mobile, Tyler challenges them to add a brunch dish to their menu, and local chef Pete Bloeme is on hand to help Tyler determine the winner of the Truck Stop Cooking Challenge. One team is eliminated on the deck of the USS Alabama, leaving the final two teams primed for the grand finale.

  • St. Louis Upsell

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    When the final four teams hit the streets of St. Louis, Tyler is there to give them a challenge illustrating how a premium product is as good as money in bank. The next morning, Tyler gives them a truck stop challenge with the ultimate prize — the winning team will see their week's till doubled. Emotions are high at elimination as only three teams will get to head southward on the next leg of the Great Food Truck Race.

  • Venice Beach Brawl

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    Host Tyler Florence welcomes eight new teams of aspiring food truck owners to Santa Barbara, Calif., where they must first define their brands and create a signature dish for an afternoon of sales. Then, Tyler sends them to Venice, Calif., where the owners of L.A.'s top food truck will taste each team's signature dish. The seven surviving teams realize they're in the ride for their lives as they continue to battle it out for the grand prize of $50,000 and their very own food truck! 

Season 4

  • A Food Truck Kind of Town, Chicago Is

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    In Chicago, Tyler starts the finalists off on their 800-mile final trek with a Chicago-style pizza challenge judged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After the mayor chooses the winner, the teams get ready to sell all day in Chicago when they're given their speed bump: every time Tyler calls, they'll have to move a mile away from their current location. On day two, the teams must use another famed Chicago food in all their dishes - hot dogs. Once the teams make $500, they race to Mike Ditka's restaurant, where the first team to arrive will get a five hour head start to the next city, while the slackers are on dish washing duty.

  • A Strange Brew in Portland

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    The seven remaining teams head to Portland, Ore., where they're challenged to make the most with what they've got: In their first Speed Bump, they have to go the entire first day without restocking their supplies. On day two, they're given geoduck, which must be the main ingredient in all menu items. After selling $200 with their geoduck menus, they race to a local lumber mill, for a chance to win a reward, which might be enough to save them from this week's elimination.

  • About Face in South Dakota

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    The five remaining teams meet Tyler Florence at Mt. Rushmore, where they're given their Seed Money, before heading out to shop in Rapid City, S.D. How will they manage when their follow car is taken during the Speed Bump? On day two, they meet at the Cheyenne River Ranch, where they find a side of bison, which they must butcher for use in all their menu items. After selling $1,000 worth of their bison menu, they rush to be one of the first three teams to meet Tyler and win an award, and the losing team is eliminated at the Crazy Horse Monument.

  • Capital Gains

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    With their eyes on the grand prize, the final teams are sent all over the East Coast in this last leg of The Great Food Truck Race. After a stop in Annapolis, Md., the teams meet Tyler at a Chesapeake Bay wharf where they haul the crab that will become part of an original crab dish, and maybe the most important crab dish they've ever cooked, as the team with the best dish wins a potentially game changing $1,000 prize. After a surprise elimination, the final two teams are sent packing and selling to the Virginia suburbs and to Washington, where the final two meet Tyler in front of the Lincoln Memorial where they find out who will ride off in their new food truck, $50,000 richer.

  • Double Trouble in the Twin Cities

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    Four teams remain as they enter the Twin Cities -- Minneapolis and St. Paul. As Minneapolis is known for their state fair food, all menu items sold in this city must be served on a stick. They head to St. Paul for day two, the birthplace of Spam, which is their main ingredient for all menu items on this day. The first two teams to make $500 and meet Tyler at the Spam Museum will win a reward: with only four teams left, could this reward save a team from elimination and send them to the finale?

  • I Left My Food Cart in San Francisco

    Season 4 -

    Season four starts in Los Angeles, under the Hollywood sign, where host and chef Tyler Florence greets the eight teams fighting for their chance to win the grand prize of $50,000 and their own food truck! For the first challenge, the teams must go high class, selling one signature dish in Beverly Hills, Calif., but that dish must be sold for at least $20. The second challenge takes place in San Francisco, where they teams can only sell a NEW signature dish. The team to sell the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home.

  • Pocatello is All About Potatoes, You Dig?

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    The six teams remaining enter the mountains of Pocatello, Idaho. For their next Speed Bump, they have to rework their dishes to get rid of all meat and potatoes on their menus. On day two, they're given their Truck Stop: they have to dig up the potatoes they need at a nearby farm, and they'll need a lot, as the potatoes must be the main ingredient in all menu items. After making $300, they race to the local Idaho Potato Museum, where the first three teams to arrive win a reward, and the team who sold the least over the weekend is eliminated.

Season 3

  • 3559 Miles to a Dream

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    Eight teams of aspiring Food Truck owners arrive in Long Beach, Calif., to kick off this season's Great Food Truck Race: Lighthouse to Lighthouse. Host Tyler Florence welcomes the teams and presents them with the food trucks of their dreams and matching cars. The teams are then sent directly to the toughest, most cutthroat place in the food truck universe: the place where it all started, Los Angeles. These rookies learn quickly that running a food truck is much harder than it looks, and the seven surviving teams realize that they are in for the ride of their lives.

  • Attitude at High Altitude

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    The seven remaining teams roll into Flagstaff, Ariz., determined to get the hang of the food truck game. Just when things start to settle down, Tyler springs a Truck Stop cooking challenge on them: Create a dish featuring the local delicacy prickly pear cactus. Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan judges the dishes and delivers a game-changing prize -- but Tyler is not done. On Sunday, he tells the teams to go vegan, and the teams scramble again to stay above water.

  • Baby Got Razorback

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    The five remaining teams roll into Fayetteville, Ark., a college town bustling with teenagers. Their Truck Stop Challenge is targeted at this audience as they must create an amazing breakfast dish using Kellogg's Pop Tarts. One of the nation's top teen chefs, Jeremy Salamon, stops by the trucks to taste their creations and award a prize. After the breakfast shift, Tyler calls with a major Speed Bump. He shuts the trucks down completely until the late night shift. The teams then have to scrape together sales overnight, ending well after the sun comes up.
  • Mistake By the Lake

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  • Music City Madness

    Season 3 -

    The final four trucks head to the heart of the South in Nashville. For their Truck Stop Challenge, the teams have to create a down-home country style picnic for country music stars Joey & Rory. The competition shakes up when Tyler reveals the next Speed Bump: to simulate what happens when employees don't show up or call in sick, Tyler tells the teams that two members must sit out and they must train two students from the Art Institutes Culinary School to work on the truck.
  • Where in the World is Lubec?

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    The final two teams race to Boston to begin selling, and in the middle of their shift, Tyler calls and tells the teams they must add a true blue New England lobster dish to their menu. Two authentic lobstermen taste the dishes and award the winner a huge cash advantage and a head start ... to Portland, Maine, where the teams will sell next. The losing team stays behind and "helps" a local restaurant. On Sunday, the teams sell head to head in Portland, but Tyler calls again and sends them to tiny Lubec, Maine where they have to fight for every sale. Finally, Tyler calls once more to meet him at the West Quoddy Lighthouse, the easternmost point of the United States. When the teams arrive, Tyler counts their money in front of them ... and the winner drives away in their new food truck, along with $50,000 to get their business started.

Season 2

  • A Pinch Of Salt Lake City

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    The seven remaining teams roll into Salt Lake City, and Tyler immediately explains the Truck Stop challenge: the teams must create an original sausage dish with the ingredients on the farmer's table, but the sausage is missing. The trucks head to world renowned Creminelli Fine Meats and create three customized links of sausage in hopes to impress guest judge chef Ryan Lowder and add $200 towards their final tally. The Speed Bump adds another game-changing twist as Tyler calls the teams and tells them to move the trucks to a new location, no matter how many patrons are on line.
  • Rocky Mountains Highs And Lows

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    Tyler and "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts meet the six remaining trucks at a ranch outside of Denver. The stakes of the Truck Stop challenge are high as the winning truck scores a story on the Denver affiliate morning show that's sure to give them a serious marketing advantage. The teams have 50 minutes to harvest morel mushrooms and create an original dish to impress Truck Stop challenge judge, chef Frank Bonnano. Next, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway throws the teams a Speed Bump: each team must choose only one teammate to run the entire truck on his or her own.
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    The five remaining teams roll into Manhattan, Kan., the home of Kansas State University, and meet Tyler at the county courthouse. Tyler gives the teams a college-themed Truck Stop challenge to stay on student budget and spend only five dollars at the local market to create an original tasty dish. With only a short time to prepare, the teams hope to impress guest judge Charles Fezzura and win exclusive rights to sell their food on the bustling campus during commencement weekend. The Speed Bump hits the teams hard: every item they sell for the entire weekend can only cost one dollar.
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    The final four trucks land in Memphis, Tenn., the barbeque capitol of the world, at Court Square Park. For the most grueling Truck Stop challenge yet, the teams have four hours to retrieve a 100 lb. hog from legendary BBQ joint The Rendezvous, carry it back their truck, butcher it and create a barbeque sauce and dish on the master pit. Stakes are high as the dishes are judged by Jim Neely, the godfather of Memphis barbeque. The teams begin to sell in the city, when Tyler calls with the Speed Bump: for the remainder of the weekend, the teams may not sell any dishes with meat. On the second day of selling, Tyler adds another game changer when informs the teams a local food blogger is presenting immunity from elimination to the truck with the best vegetarian dining experience.
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    The three remaining teams roll into Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, and learn that when it comes to food, Georgia is famous for two things: peaches and peanuts. Tyler announces the Truck Stop Challenge to create an original dish incorporating both items, but instead of providing these Georgia specialties, they must beg and borrow from the locals downtown. Chef Kevin Rathbun determines the winner and hands out a game changing reward - a guaranteed spot in the finals. All bets are off as Tyler reveals the game-changing Speed Bump: each team will lose their lead chef for the day.
  • What Happens in Vegas

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    Eight of the country's most skilled food trucks meet at the Malibu Pier to kick off a coast-to-coast culinary competition. In the season premiere, host Tyler Florence greets the teams and explains their gastronomic journey that ends in a life-altering prize of $100,000 for the winning truck. For their first Truck Stop challenge: they must create an inventive dish with one lobster and farmer's table ingredients. The dish that most impresses guest judge and acclaimed chef Susan Feniger receives $500 towards their final tally. Next, the trucks drive to Las Vegas, where they hit a Speed Bump: Tyler summons the teams to the Venetian Casino and spins a wheel filled with food truck disasters.

Season 1

  • Big Trouble In The Big Easy

    Season 1 -

    The final four trucks arrive in New Orleans, eager to take advantage of the culture and nightlife of the Big Easy. But wicked weather drenches the teams and leaves them scrambling for customers. An epic battle ensues at the edge of the French Quarter, until a surprise catfish cook-off sends one team back to the streets and the others to a slimy, grimy punishment that no one will soon forget. One more team is eliminated, setting up a small-town showdown 700 miles north in Tennessee.
  • Chile Santa Fe

    Season 1 -

    The remaining six trucks arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they are greeted by a snow storm. Will the weather affect sales or will some trucks be able to succeed despite the low temperatures? The teams are thrown a curve-ball when they have to add green chilies to their menu. After another frenetic weekend, the truck who makes the least amount of money will be sent home.
  • Let's Get Rolling

    Season 1 -

    Seven of the country's best Food Trucks start the cross country journey in Southern California. An early twist leaves the teams scrambling. They think they are starting in LA, but quickly learn that the first city they must conquer over 100 miles away in San Diego. How will they handle this switch? Teams will struggle to find a location, source their food, and market their trucks in a brand new city. After a frenetic weekend, the truck who makes the least amount of money will be sent home.
  • NY Plate Of Mind (Finale)

    Season 1 -

    The final two teams roll into New York City and are shocked to learn that everything they think they know about this race is out the window for this final leg. The teams race off into the Bronx, needing to travel to all five boroughs of New York and reach a sales threshold in each one. One final cooking challenge sees the teams cooking the other's signature dish, setting up an epic finale in Manhattan. The winning team races on foot to the top of the Flatiron Building, where Tyler is waiting with a $50,000 check... and the first winner of the Great Food Truck Race is declared.
  • Small Town Trouble

    Season 1 -

    The final three trucks arrive in tiny Jonesborough, Tennessee, ready to battle it out for the attention of its 5,000 residents. Each customer is precious, as the town is excited to see the trucks but shuts down after sunset. The teams get yet another surprise when they must ""go back in time"" and cook a five-course meal in the style of the pioneer-era chuckwagon. Then it's back to Main Street for a nip and tuck battle that sees the low-earning team eliminated by a mere $37.
  • Truckin' To texas

    Season 1 -

    The remaining five trucks head further east as they arrive in Forth Worth, Texas. The teams hit the streets in a whole new city and have to start over from scratch. Where will they set up? Will they change their menu? How do they get the word out. Things are running relatively smoothly until they are all give a giant side of beef that they have to carve and incorporate into their trucks. This elimination is the most intense yet.