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The Great Food Truck Race and Tyler Florence are once again giving individuals the opportunity to start their own food truck.

Great Food Truck Race 5 Casting

They are currently searching for passionate chefs and cooks from all walks of life - trained chefs, amateur chefs, line cooks, sous chefs, home cooks and dedicated foodies to compete for the chance to own and operate their first food truck. If selected, you and two teammates will embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip. The last team standing wins their very own gourmet food truck and big cash prize!

To apply, please email them with the following information: 

Your name, age, phone number, photo, proposed teammates (and their photos), description of your culinary background, and the idea for your truck!

**Food truck newbies only, please! You must have never owned/run your own food truck to be considered**

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If you want to become part of the next season of The Great Food Truck Race, Food Truck Face Off or other food truck reality show, then a casting tape is the first step in reaching that goal. Most television networks want to see a casting tape before they invite individuals or teams for a live audition. If you are producing your own casting tape, then there are a few things that you will have to do.

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Fortunately with advances in technology, making a casting tape is actually fairly easy. It’s also relatively easy to get very good results even if you’re using standard equipment. The key is to sell yourself so that the casting director knows exactly what you can offer and why they should consider you for their program.

The following steps will help anyone put together a casting tape for submission to any type of reality show:


  • Video recorder (this can be as simple as your smart phone)
  • Video editing software (all Macs and most PC’s have basic editing software pre-installed)

Prep Work

Just as any food truck has to do at the start of every business day, the most important thing is to prepare everything.

Character Acting

According to reality show producers, casting departments will use this video to see how engaging and watchable you are. But they’re also looking for “characters”: people with a great story, who audiences can root for – or against. Basically, you’ll want to project an extreme version of yourself.

Your Goal

Chances are, the show’s casting instructions ask you to tell them why you want to be on the show. Think of the first 5 reasons you want to try out for this show – and forget about them. Your reason should be unique, personal, and tied to your character.

The Studio

You need to have all of your material ready so that you can do your audition in front of the camera properly. It’s essential that you record your video somewhere that’s quiet and that you won’t get disturbed. Make sure that it’s as quiet as possible. Computers, TV’s and refrigerators all create noise. You should make your recording room as quiet as possible.

Camera Setup

Set up the camera by putting it on a tripod and aiming it exactly where you are going to sit or stand. Also, you should ideally stand in front of a white or blue wall. Try to remove anything that is on the wall which could be a distraction. To avoid shadows, try standing at least 2 feet away from the wall. You can mark where to stand by sticking some tape on the floor.

You also need to ensure that the lighting is adequate. This is important as it helps the viewer to pick you out from the screen. You can use lighting from window lights, flood lights, floor lamps and table lamps.

Now record yourself for a few minutes. Then, play it back to check the lighting and the composition of the scene.


Once you have completed all of your prep work, it’s time to start recording your video. Start by giving your age, experience and name. Make sure that you speak in your natural voice and are calm. Keep your energy and charm on high, and speak directly to the camera. A great way to show you’re not nervous is to make eye contact with the camera and smile.

Additional Scenes

Now you need to tape the scenes that you have prepared for your video auditions. Normally, this can be done in your kitchen showing some of your cooking prowess. We suggest you use at least one separate cut in scene of the team members.


Now it’s a matter of loading all of the files onto your computer and editing them. There will be lots of bits that need to be cut out of the videos to make the audition video as professional as possible. Once the video is edited, it can then be compiled and burnt onto a DVD or saved as a computer file. This makes it possible to send it easily to casting directors.

When you’re done, remember to check your video. It doesn’t have to be high art, but you must be visible and the sound must be clear.

Submitting Your Work

The final step is to send it in, and you’re done. Make sure your submission is sent in prior to the deadline. The easiest way for casting directors to eliminate competition is to hold firm to their submission deadlines and not even bother to click play on the video you spent so much time putting together.

If the producers like what they see, you’ll be contacted for a face to face audition, while this process may seem like a lot of work and jumping through hoops, that’s just the casting process.

Mobile Cuisine wishes you the best of luck and we hope to see you on the next season of The Great Food Truck Race.

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aloha plate truckHONOLULU, HI - Three guys from Hawaii embarked on a mission to win season four of The Great Food Truck Race, a popular show on the Food Network.

The local team called “Aloha Plate” made it to the finals. It began six weeks ago in the dream capital of world. Eight teams of food truck rookies took off on a cross-country culinary road trip to win $50,000 and keep their state-of-the-art food truck.

Many people in Hawaii have been following the show because of the team.

“Aloha Plate,” is run by comedian Lanai Tabura, his brother Chef Adam Tabura, and friend Shawn Felipe.

The trio made it into the top three.

“Annapolis is going to be tough. Tikka has a huge lead and Philly has a huge advantage because we’re in their back yard,” Lanai Tabura said.

The team gathered at Sports Fanaddicts Sunday night to watch the finale with family, friends, and supporters.

They knew the outcome, but couldn’t say anything.

“We want to thank you guys for coming to support the Aloha Plate truck. Thank you guys so much,” Lanai Tabura said.

“We made a good amount of money today,” Adam Tabura said. “Tikka had a huge head start. I hope we closed the gap a little bit.”

Aloha Plate was able to do that and became one of the final two.

They traveled across eight states, totaling 3,400 miles, with rain, hail, and snow… and it all came down to this.

“The winner of the Great Food Truck Race… Aloha Plate!” said Tyler Florence, host of The Great Food Truck Race.

Find the entire article with video by Marisa Yamane at khon2.com <here>

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#FoodTruckChatWe are proud to announce that due to it’s popularity of our readers that we will scheduling weekly #FoodTruckChat sessions each Sunday at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT. The basic premise of these chats is to bring the mobile food industry and it’s fans together for at least an hour a week. The reason for it’s timing, as you may already know, is that Food Network’s, The Great Food Truck Race airs at that time.

This week’s chat will continue along the same lines as our previous editions.

Mobile Cuisine’s editor-in-chief, Richard Myrick will host the discussion via the #FoodTruckChat Twitter account. He will pose a number of questions during the chat to help spark a little discussion while the program is airing LIVE.

To follow the discussion you can merely follow the account’s feed. We would love for you to join the discussion and this is just as easy. Toss a #FoodTruckChat hashtag into a Twitter post and reference the question number with your response. Your answer will then be retweeted so that anyone following the actual account will see the discussion as it happens.

We look forward to this and future chats about the mobile food industry and The Great Food Truck Race.

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NEW YORK, NY - The Great Food Truck Race launched it’s fourth season this past Sunday, and with the new season, comes a new give away.

The Great Food Truck Race Season 4

According to FoodNetwork.com, they have begun a sweepstakes in which the grand prize is $5,000. The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or D.C. and are 21 years or older. The contest runs until 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2013. You may submit an entry once a day until the end of the submission process.

The potential Grand Prize Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries on approximately October 21, 2013, by an independent judging organization, and will be contacted by phone on or about October 23, 2013.

Enter The Great Food Truck Race Sweepstakes

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tyler-florenceEven though he’s never operated a food truck of his own, Food Network’s Tyler Florence knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it work. He’s the host of the network’s Great Food Truck Race, which will be premiering its fourth season Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. This season, eight teams will fight for the grand prize of $50,000 as well as their very own food truck. The first challenge will have them selling their signature dish in Beverly Hills, Calif., for $20 each, and the second will bring them to San Francisco, where they’ll be selling a different dish; whoever sells the least over the two challenges will be sent home.

“This is hands-down the best race we ever had,” Florence told us. We had some really talented chefs with good food ideas, practicing their craft.”

The competitors have challenges thrown at them along the way as well, but they’re not just ones that are chosen at random. “We only give them well-researched problems that you can bump into when you run a food truck,” Florence said. “We want to make sure they they’re vetted, that they’re smart and hungry, and that they’re better than their competitors. It’s really like a boot camp for them, and it’s always amazing to watch them grow and learn over the course of the competition.”

The show has done a great job of tapping into the zeitgeist of this burgeoning food truck phenomenon, which has taken over the country in recent years, but when it first premiered, Florence was met with a lot of skepticism. “Folks initially were telling me that they just didn’t understand; why would we want to do a show about the trucks that are near construction sites? But we’ve seen it become a huge trend, and a great way to celebrate local entrepreneurs,” he added.

Find the entire interview  by Dan Myers at TheDailyMeal.com <here>

Join us Sunday, August 18 at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT on Twitter #FoodTruckChat

We’ll be discussing the first episode of The Great Food Truck Race as it debuts…LIVE!!!

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Tyler Florence, host of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network)

NEW YORK, NY - The Great Food Truck Race kicks off season four with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls, who hit the road for the longest route in series history (4,181 miles) and exciting culinary challenges that celebrate the country’s national landmarks from the Hollywood sign to South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial to Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. These competitors are not current food truck operators — they are eight teams of talented cooks with unique concepts and a dream to one day operate their own food truck business. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 18(th) at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

“We love the world of food trucks because they’ve opened up a low cost entryway for aspiring culinary talent to succeed without a traditional restaurant,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Our competitors have to demonstrate top-notch cooking abilities and an entrepreneur’s creativity and business skills. It all makes for a food-filled road trip that delivers a life-changing grand prize to the winner.”

The season’s teams are: Aloha Plate (Los Angeles, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii), Boardwalk Breakfast Empire (Sea Bright, N.J.), Bowled and Beautiful (Los Angeles), Frankfootas (New York), Murphy’s Spud Truck (Los Angeles), Philly’s Finest Sambonis (Philadelphia), The Slide Show (Los Angeles) and Tikka Tikka Taco (St. Louis).

In the season premiere, host Tyler Florence greets the eight teams in Los Angeles under the iconic Hollywood sign, and each team sees their custom-made truck for the first time. For their first challenge, he sends them to posh Beverly Hills for a contest in upscale sales: each team can only sell one signature dish on their menu — but that dish must be sold for at least $20 each. Tyler and the teams then head 380 miles north to San Francisco, where the trucks must pick a different signature dish to sell exclusively. The team that earns the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home. The route then sends the trucks to Portland, Pocatello, Idaho; Rapid City, S.D.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago, featuring guest stars Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legendary football coach Mike Ditka; and Washington D.C., where the life-changing grand prize is awarded in the season finale.

For even more Food Trucks, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodTrucks for photo galleries, blogs and video clips.

The Great Food Truck Race is produced by Relativity Television.

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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.

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The Aloha Plate Truck

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Samboni Boys

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The Tikka Tikka Taco Truck

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.

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GFTR-LogoRAPID CITY, SD - This is the fourth season for the “Great Food Truck Race,” hosted by the Food Network’s Tyler Florence. Although producers are keeping mum about details, a little research revealed that filming for this year’s show started in San Francisco, traveled to Portland, Ore., and Pocatello, Idaho, before arriving in Rapid City Wednesday.

Filming took place both in town and at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial this week. In addition to Tikka Tikka Taco, others participating include Bowled and Beautiful, Aloha Plate, The Slide Show and Philly’s Finest Sambonis.

In each episode the teams arrive in a new city where they must serve their menu to the local population while completing various themed challenges for rewards. For each day of serving the host provides participants with seed money to buy product to make their menu items. On Saturday, the seed money was only $50, so trucks were open just a short time before participants rushed to local grocery stories to buy more food once they tallied some sales.

“The Great Food Truck Race” journey ends for the team that makes the least amount of money each week until there is one team left to claim the cash prize. 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 will air beginning in August on the Food Network.

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the-great-food-truck-racePOCATELLO, ID - Last week announced that Season 4 of the Great Food Truck Race had been spotted filming in San Francisco, this week we found that the latest stop for the show is in Idaho. Officials with the Portneuf Valley Farmers’ Market, based in Old Town Pocatello, say a Food Network reality television series has put their operation in the national spotlight.

“The Great Food Truck Race” made a stop in Pocatello during the Memorial Day weekend, including a visit to the farmers’ market Saturday morning.

The show, hosted by Tyler Florence, pits teams driving food trucks across the country in sales competitions. Trucks that sell the least amount of food in each city are gradually eliminated, until a winning team emerges to take home cash and its own food truck.

The show also includes cooking competitions along the way.

“We’re proud that they chose Pocatello. Apparently they found the Old Town Pocatello website and were pretty impressed and decided to come here,” said Debra Harris, manager of the Portneuf Valley market. “Everybody is talking about it all over town.”

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