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FoodTruckChat#FoodTruckChat is back and for a great reason. Food truck programming on television has really starting to take off, this weekend alone there are two programs making their premiers. Because of this we are dusting off our FoodTruckChat account to discuss these shows while they are running live.

While we cannot promise any special guests at this time, we hope to have a few of the truck owners drop in and say hello.

FoodTruckChat SATURDAY

Wingmen  premiers August 16 at 10pm/9c on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Get the low down on Wingmen

FoodTruckChat SUNDAY

The Great Food Truck Race season 5 premiers this Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9pm/8c on Food Network.

Get the low down on The Great Food Truck Race

Join us during one or both (preferably) of these great food truck shows on Twitter as we live chat @FoodTruckChat or use the hashtag FoodTruckChat to join the discussion.

The Great Food Truck Race Season 5

The Great Food Truck Race season 5 premiers this Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9|8c. Once again hosting the program is Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence. He has eight brand-new food truck teams for this season’s high-stakes culinary road trip.

Like the last two seasons, none of the teams are current food truck operators and hitting the streets as rookies. The one team that can show that they have food skills, a fresh concept, entrepreneurial spirit, and make it to the end will win their own food truck business and $50,000 in seed money.

This season the food truck competitors with take a new route across the country:

  • Santa Barbara and Venice Beach, CA
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Austin, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Mobile, AL
  • Tampa, Naples and Key West, FL

Each team’s cooking — and selling — skills will be put to the test in various challenges that will uniquely differ from city to city. On the first day, each team will be provided with a vehicle for the duration of the race, but only the grand-prize winner will get to keep their truck. These rookies will soon learn that operating a food truck is a lot harder than it looks.

The Great Food Truck Race season 5 teams are (with Twitter accounts):

Beach Cruiser (Venice, CA)
Chatty Chicken (Chattanooga)
Gourmet Graduates (Providence)
Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland)
Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston)
Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, CA)
Middle Feast (Los Angeles)
Military Moms (Fort Drum, NY)

Join us during the show on Twitter as we live chat @FoodTruckChat or use #FoodTruckChat. If you happen to miss an episode, we will be recapping each one the following week. Although we quite a bit about this season and which trucks bow out each week, we won’t be giving away any teasers.

Good luck to all of the contestants, and…START YOUR ENGINES!!!

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The Great Food Truck Race is back for a fifth season this summer, with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls on a high-stakes culinary road trip with a new route from sunny Southern California to the beaches of Key West, Fla.

These contenders are not current food truck operators – they are eight teams of rookies who have food skills, fresh concepts, an entrepreneurial spirit and the dream to one day own a 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.

From Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson, Ariz. and Austin’s turbo-charged food scene in Texas to Oklahoma City burgers, hand-rolled ravioli in St. Louis and Alabama’s shrimpin’ country in Mobile, each team’s cooking and sales strategies are put to the test in city-specific challenges in every location. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 17(th) at 9pm ET/PT.

“Watching these young entrepreneurs hit the road to test their cooking skills and marketing savvy against the backdrop of different cities and food cultures is inspiring and entertaining,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “The food truck industry has become a very viable way to enter the culinary world, and we love giving the winner the keys to their new career.”

This season’s teams are:

  • Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.)
  • Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.)
  • Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland)
  • Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston)
  • Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.)
  • Middle Feast (Los Angeles)
  • Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.)

In the first episode, the eight teams arrive in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Tyler greets them each with their own customized food truck, but only the winning team will walk away with the keys and $50,000 in cash. In the first challenge, the teams must define their brands and create a signature dish to sell in Santa Barbara.

After an afternoon of sales, Tyler sends them to Venice Beach where their dishes are tasted by Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis of Cousins Maine Lobster, a top Los Angeles food truck.

The rookies quickly learn running a food truck is much harder than it looks, and the seven surviving teams realize they are in for the ride of their lives as they continue to battle it out for the ultimate prize.

From the west coast starting point, the route then takes the teams to Tucson, Ariz.; Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City; St. Louis and Mobile, Ala. — leading up to a tri-city Florida finale in Tampa, Naples and Key West.

Mobile Cuisine will be running a Twitter chat #FoodTruckChat during each episode with our account @FoodTruckChat.

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TUCSON, AZ – The Food Network is bringing its popular food-truck-focused show to Tucson.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that several mobile kitchens will be at the Pima Air and Space Museum on Monday to film a segment for the “The Great Food Truck Race.”

Officials say filming begins around 9:15 a.m. and will be open to any guests who pay museum admission.

The trucks will be in front of some of the museum aircraft, including the Air Force One that carried President John F. Kennedy.

However, they will not be serving food.

“The Great Food Truck Race,” hosted by Tyler Florence, is filming its fifth season. The competition show puts several teams through cooking challenges in different cities.

The winner gets $50,000 and a food truck.

At least three of the competing trucks, the Lone Star Chuck Wagon, Let There Be Bacon and Military Moms, have posted to their Twitter and Facebook feeds that they will be selling in Tucson this weekend, although none of them mentioned the show by name or specific locations.

A post featured on the Edhat Santa Barbara website about the competition filming in Southern California, includes shots of the Chuck Wagon, Let There Be Bacon and Military Moms, as well as the food trucks, Beach Cruiser: Fresh California Cuisine, The Middle Feast, The Gourmet Graduates and the Chatty Chicken.

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**

food truck casting tape

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.

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.

How to put together a casting tape for a reality show:

Casting Tape: Equipment

  • 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)

Casting Tape: 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.

  • Recording. 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.

Casting Tape: Editing

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.

Casting Tape: 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.

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>

#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.

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

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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