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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.

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“Today’s food trucks are far from cheap eats on wheels, there are some seriously gourmet offerings on four wheels.” – Tyler Florence

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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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With today being National Potato Day and last night’s premier of season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race we thought this recipe for gnocchi from Tyler Florence would be a great match for sharing a recipe.

Gnocchi

Gnocchi recipePrep Time: 45 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour | Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (about 4) baking potatoes, like russets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions

Pierce the potatoes several times so that moisture can escape during baking. Bake the potatoes in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 1 hour until fork tender.

Peel the potatoes while they are still hot and press them through a potato ricer or food mill. Put the potatoes in a large bowl with salt, baking powder, and egg white.

Add the flour a little at a time and mix with your hands until the mixture forms a rough dough. Do not over-work the dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.

Gently knead the dough for 1 or 2 minutes until smooth, adding a little bit more flour, if necessary, to keep it from sticking.

Break off a piece of the dough and roll it back and forth into a rope, about the thickness of your index finger. Cut the rope into 1-inch pieces. Gently roll each piece down a wooden gnocchi board while pressing a small dimple with your finger. The gnocchi should be slightly curved and marked with ridges. This will allow the pillows to hold sauce when served.

Boil the gnocchi in batches in plenty of salted water. The gnocchi are done about 2 minutes after they float to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon, and serve.

If not cooking immediately, place the gnocchi in a single layer on a baking pan dusted with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Note: If the gnocchi start to feather and fall apart in boiling water, you need more flour. If the gnocchi don’t float after 2 minutes and are hard, you used too much flour.

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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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SOURCE: Food Network

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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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the-great-food-truck-racePORTLAND, OR - The Food Network reality contest show “The Great Food Truck Race”  scheduled to film a segment at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square  on Monday.

The show features seven teams promoting their food trucks coast to coast. But the contestants have never owned or operated food trucks before. The winning team takes home $50,000 and a brand-new food truck.

The show, hosted by chef Tyler Florence, is filming its fourth season. Follow Mobile Cuisine to get the latest news on The Great Food Truck Race.

 

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