Great Food Truck Race 3 starts Sunday!




Food Network’s The Great Food
Truck Race returns for a third season this summer, with host Tyler Florence presiding over the cross-country culinary road trip with a brand-new twist.

Host Tyler Florence Returns for Culinary Road Trip with New Twist:
Competitors Are Aspiring Food Truck Owners Battling to Win Their Own Truck

Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race returns for a third season this summer, with host Tyler Florence presiding over the cross-country culinary road trip with a brand-new twist: no longer a competition between current food truck operators as in prior seasons, this high-stakes battle is between eight teams who desperately want to be in the food truck business – they have a dream, a concept and insane culinary skills.

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 dream business. From mobile mini-pies and authentic Aussie grub to specialty waffles, each team’s inspired cuisine and road strategy is put to the test in city-specific challenges that begin at a Long Beach, Calif. lighthouse and continue through the finale at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine, the easternmost point of the United States. The seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 19th at 10pm ET/PT, after the finale of Chopped: Grill Masters, and beginning the next week will air in its regular timeslot Sundays at 9pm ET/PT.

“We love food trucks because they offer a relatively low cost, infinitely creative route to entering the food world. Casting aspiring food truck owners this season really amps up the competition – these teams are literally fighting for their dream,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Their culinary skills, business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit will be road-tested, and viewers will love seeing if the aspiring chefs’ dreams hold up when the rubber meets the road.”

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Great Food Truck Race Season 3 IS DONE FILMING!!

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New Season Begins: Sunday, August 19 at 10p/9c

The third season of The Great Food Truck Race is done filming.

The starting point was in Long Beach, CA.  This season they changed it up a bit by getting people who have the dream to own a food truck but don’t have one yet; The winner of this year’s GFTR gets to keep the truck + $50,000.

(from Food Network’s press release, March 2012)

The Great Food Truck Race’s third outing will have more drama, more twists, more strategy, but most of all, more dreams. Hosted again by Tyler Florence, this season’s not a competition between current food truck operators – it’s between people who desperately want to be. Eight teams of hopefuls will have their dream truck handed to them before they race from city to city trying to prove they have what it takes to own and operate a successful food truck, with the winning team will get to keep their truck and immediately launch their food empire.

The kick-off was at Shoreline Village in Long Beach, California. 
New Season Begins: Sunday, August 19 at 10p/9c

The starting trucks were:

Under the Crust*– San Diego, CA (@Underthecrust1)
Barbie Babes– Los Angeles, CA (@@BarbieBabesLA)
Coast of Atlanta– Atlanta, GA (@CoastofAtlanta)
Momma’s Grizzly Grub– Wasilla, AK, (@MommasGrub)
Pizza Mike’s– Westerville, OH (@PizzaMikes)
Pop-a-Waffle– Los Angeles, CA, (@PopAWaffle)
Nonna’s Kitchentte– Parsippany, NJ (@NonnasKitchenet)
Seoul Sausage– Los Angeles, CA (@SeoulSausage)

* Truck eliminated in Hollywood, CA

I tried not to post any spoilers (though that was probably impossible).

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GFTR Timeline

May 06: The Race starts off in Long Beach, CA with 8 GFTS (gourmet food trucks).  The trucks sold food near Grauman’s Chinese Theater in H’wood….  1 GFT did get eliminated.

May 08-11: Flagstaff, AZ.   
Click here for the Flagstaff stop recap.

May 18-20: Amarillo, Texas
Click here for Amarillo post. 

May 25-27: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Click here for Fayetteville post

June 1-3:  Nashville, TN
Click here for Smashville post

June 9-11: Cleveland, OH
Click here for Cleveland post

June 15-16: The Final 2 trucks are heading to…  BOSTON. MA!
Click here for Boston post

June 16-17: The trucks moved to Portland, ME
Click here for PortlandME post

And the finale ended in the picturesque town of Lubec, ME
Click here for Lubec post.

So, who’s going to win the GFTR3 and keep their truck?!
Sorry but I won’t spoil who won the Race.

Twitter WAS the best source to find out what’s going on with The #GreatFoodTruckRace. >> Click here to see tweets from the fellow GFTR fans.

Great Food Truck Race 3 wrap up and thoughts…

The Great Food Truck Race 3 should be over today.  I do not know who won, but I will extend a hearty “congratulations” to Nonna from NJ and Seoul from LA.  They outlasted 6 other teams, and had great support from new and old fans.

One thing I noticed from this season (compared to my participation in season 2) was a lot of below the belt comments, and breaking of rules from the fans as well as from the eliminated food trucks. 

Last season, my opponent from Hodge and I had a healthy twitter competition. We never put down the other team. In fact, we even worked together, by tweeting locations at various cities, to convince foodies to eat from our 2 trucks. Our alliance worked all the way to the final 2… when we had our show down in Miami.

By the time the taping of season 3 was over, fair play was thrown out the window. There were breaking of rules by food trucks: Under the Crust and Coast of Atlanta.

Under the Crust and Coast of Atlanta openly tweeted their support for Seoul Sausage.  The rules of the GFTR is the trucks can not use social media about the competition. Even after confronted, Under the Crust refused to stop tweeting during the Race, even went so far as to block me from spying on their tweet.

I also found distasteful and disrespectful when an opponent makes suggestions that a pretty face, and not their food, is the only reason they made it to the finale.  

I hope next season the fans will learn to play nice.  As Dragnet would say.. just the facts, ma’am.

June 18: Great Food Truck Race FINALE is in Lubec, Maine

Social media has proven that news travels fast… in fact, so fast that the Great Food Truck Race has been manipulated by the fans using twitter.  In season one, no one knew what the show was about. 

In season two, fans like me supported our favorite truck and used social media to reach out to complete strangers, asking them to spend money on food trucks they have never heard of. This season, the producers of the Great Food Truck Race thought by using the “twist” of using foodies who want to own their own trucks, they would be able to avoid the social media frenzy.  They were wrong.  Fans like me, and family members of the wanna be food trucks, helped promote the Race via social media.

The GFTR decided to end this season’s Race in a remote town of Lubec, Maine. 

Wow… population 1600 people?  Its totally still GAME ON!  It’s the Girls from Jersey versus the Boys from LA.  Try food from both trucks, and be sure to tweet with hash tag

The Food Network Channel is here to film their last episode in the latest series of The Great Food Truck Race… two trucks will be set up at 12 Water Street around 1:00… come over and check it out! The series will air mid-September.  Article found here>> 

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12 Water Street, Lubec, ME. 

June 15-16: Great food truck race in Boston (spoiler alert)

**** SPOILER ALERT **** 
The final 2 food trucks are….

Eight food trucks started in Hollywood, CA and two food trucks made it to Boston, MA.  Wow, talk about cliche!  The Boys vs the Girls, The West Coast vs. The East Coast. Los Angeles vs. New Jersey (and I’m not talking about the Stanley Cup!)

Congrats to the final 2 trucks: Seoul Sausage and Nonna’s Kitchenette  Keep an eye out for two trucks… please tweet pictures of the food and the locations with #GFTR or #GreatFoodTruckRace!!  If its like previous seasons, the trucks will be all over Boston… opening and closing within hours, and constantly moving locations…. hoping to reach the needed goal to be Season 3’s winner!


West Coast: The Boys from LA….
 …versus East Coast: The Girls from NJ!


The GreatFoodTruckRace kicks off 2pm @ the Back Bay, Copley Square North at Clarendon St. — Nonna’s Kitchentte will be there.  Then, at 3pm, find Seoul Sausage at @JHNYCPKS_Boston

photo by Steven Leibowitz (@StevenL57)





Huge change!!!!! #GreatFoodTruckRace Heading to Portland #Maine. If u have any friends there please help and RT!! #GFTR

Sunday, still in PORTLAND MAINE

@LauraNativo: Support the all girl chefs! RT @sarahdelage Nonna’s Kitchenette already parked outside RiRa. #GreatFoodTruckRace #GFTR

This is the finale??!
Get ready Boston?? No… its Lubec, ME?

June 16-17: Great Food Truck Race moved to PORTLAND MAINE!!

Spread the word… The Race is now in Portland ME!! The latest tweet is they’re at GRITTYS now

Portland media already on the story!!

@LauraNativo: Support the all girl chefs! RT @sarahdelage Nonna’s Kitchenette already parked outside RiRa. #GreatFoodTruckRace #GFTR

@LauraNativo: #MeatballMadness outside of #GreatFoodTruckRace @NonnasKitchenet as the east @ Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant

Wait.. is it over?? No… one more stop to go! Lubec, Maine!?!

June 8-10: Great Food Truck Race in CLEVELAND!!

The trucks left Nashville, and heading to Cleveland, Ohio… where runner up from last year’s GFTR “Hodge Podge” is from.  Looking forward to seeing what local trucks the contestants will team up with.

@Cleveland_Scene: Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” rolling through Cleveland this weekend


Friday update: (subject to change w/ out notice) 
11am-5pm: Public Square Farmers Market  and possibly 5pm-10pm: La Dolce Vita Bistro, Little Italy 

Food truck confirmed to be on main ticket plaza tomorrow 10:30a/11a as part of Great Food Truck Race.   and trucks supposedly at Gordon Square Art District all afternoon


Chef Hodge (@hodgepodgetruck)
6/9/12 5:17 AM
Trucks can be found at zoo and gordon square today filming great food truck race 3. Rumored they’ll start selling at noon!

Wake up to #GreatFoodTruckRace @NonnasKitchenet w/ @JibaroWorldEats TODAY 11am-2pm at @TremontWest #LincolnPark 4 LiveMusic + NomNoms! RT!

@LauraNativo: Hello #Cleveland! #GreatFoodTruckRace moving 2 #ChefJam at RocknRoll Hall of Fame 7pm-9pm. Who’s going? Please support @NonnasKitchenet! RT!

Thank you, Cleveland… you totally rocked!
Next stop…. Bah-ston!

Tweets from Cleveland:

2 hours of waiting @SeoulSausage 
tweeted by @Bpasu


// video of #GFTR
Click here for the article on Nonna’s Kitchenette

June 1-3: Great Food Truck Race in Nashville

Hey SMASHville!! Get ready for the Great Food Truck Race. The trucks should be in the city Thursday, maybe selling Friday…. For sure selling over the weekend!

I’m hoping the trucks will show off their meats and sides… And some Sweeeet Tea!

Updates will be posted here, or, check twitter for RT’s

Local media has finally posted news:
Florence and the Machines: The Great Food Truck Race Headed to Nashville This Weekend

Local food trucks will be set up at Brew at the Zoo Friday night, the Tour de Fat and Musicians Corner in Centennial Park on Saturday, and at the Wanderland Urban Food Park in Elmington Park on both Saturday and Sunday, but I don’t know if drive-ups are welcome at any of those events.

Click here for information on #TourDeFat

Nashville, Tennessee – Saturday June 2nd
Yes folks, the Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 15 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2012 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. The Bike Parade begins at 10 am at Centennial Park, but be there early to register.

Looks like #GreatFoodTruckRace will be at @WanderlandNash this weekend!!! Get a chance to see the 4 remaining trucks & maybe be on TV! — Julie Festa (@PredJules77) May 31, 2012

Hey Nashville! Anyone want to be in the crowd for the filming of The Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race…— Wanderland Food Park (@WanderlandNash) May 31, 2012 


#GreatFoodTruckRace @NonnasKitchenet w #Nashville @SmokeEtAl @hitandmissnash at #DragonPark #RUBY 2411 Blakemore Ave FREE live music 4-8pm!

Tweets from Nashville:

The great food truck race is in Nashville! @PopAWaffle‘s fried chicken and waffles. — Lindsay Landis (@loveandoliveoil) June 3, 2012



May 25-27: Great Food Truck Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Tyler tweeted the next stop is Fayetteville, AR. If you have a suggestion where food trucks can sell food, pls tweet using #greatfoodtruckrace

The Fayetteville local media have jumped on the news the GFTR is in town. Here’s a link to a story

Their exact arrival time in Fayetteville depends on their travel schedule, but officials from Ozark Natural Foods have been told to expect them in the store this weekend. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on Saturday is also a likely place to spot reality show contestants on Saturday.

May 25: Food Truck Mamma’s Grizzly Grub was spotted at U of A’s stadium.  Not sure if they were just filming a challenge or selling food.

#GreatFoodTruckRace & trucks selling @ @ Dickson tmrw Sat 8am-2pm & Sun!

Looks like this year’s contestants really like Sam’s Club. They’re at S.C. again!

Also, @LauraNativo tweeted the trucks should be selling food TONIGHT (Friday) on Dickson Street.   I’m not sure how long the street is, but check over by the Farmers Market, or I am sure you can’t miss FIVE food trucks!  Update:  Tyler called the trucks and shut them down for the night.

Fayetteville flyer is posting all news at a central post.  Check this link as well as twitter.

Here’s some food tweets!

Waffles, its whats for dinner
Photo by @JasonBCarney

Poptart stackers with lemon curd cream
Photo by @chasegoforth
Chocolate french toast from @nonnaskitchenet
Photo by @Dbartho

 Local blogger posted great photos and updates of the Race at