CHICAGO, IL –This weekend Chicago had the chance to finally host an episode of The Great Food Truck Race. And although local food truck owner have struggled to expand throughout the downtown area, the city welcomed the Food Network program’s filming with open arms.
If you’ve been following our coverage of this season’s filming of the show, you would know that the food truck contestants began their adventure in Southern California and made a cross country trip that visited cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Pocatello, Rapid City and Minneapolis.
At each location, the contest ensued and a single truck was eliminated. Three trucks made it to the Windy City for the final weekend of filming for the Season 4 finale, the Aloha Plate Truck, Samboni Boys and Tikka Tikka Taco.
These contestants arrived in town and took place in a pizza making contest in which Mayor Rahm Emmanuel selected the winner and truck who would begin the weekend with a cash advantage over the other two contestants.
The trucks spent most of the weekend in select sections of town selling their goods to the people of Chicago.
The grand prize for the winner has varied between the seasons going from $50,000 to $100,000 and then to $50,000 along with their custom food truck. The show is scheduled to air in August on the Food Network.
UPDATE: We recently found out that there were no eliminations this weekend and thus Chicago is not the site of the show’s finale. That distinction now belongs to Annapolis, MD who will host the 3 remaining trucks next weekend.