The Great Food Truck Race Season 15 Episode 01 Description
Laguna Beach Heat
Tyler Florence welcomes nine food truck teams to Laguna Beach, Calif., where they begin the battle to win the hottest season ever. In their first challenge, Tyler dares the teams to light him up with their hottest dish, but only one team can bring enough heat to make him cry tears of spicy joy. Maybe Cheese Born With It, a mac ‘n’ cheese food truck team, starts off with stellar sales but gets less than stellar reviews. Meanwhile, Senoreata, a plant-based Cuban truck, instantly forms a rivalry with Mexican food truck Salsa Queen, pitting their head chefs against each other. The team with the lowest sales is sent home.
The Great Food Truck Race Show Summary
The Great Food Truck Race is a reality television and cooking series that originally aired on August 15, 2010, on Food Network, with Tyler Florence as the host. Billed as a cross between Cannonball Run and Top Chef, this late summer show features several competing teams of three who drive across the United States in their food trucks and make stops every week to sell food in different cities.
Every season, between six and nine food truck teams compete in a race where they must cook, sell, and adapt to different challenges in the hopes of winning $50,000 (and in some cases, their very own food truck). While taking a journey through a specific region or route, every week the food truck that makes the least profit is eliminated and sent home, while the rest of the food trucks continue on to the next city. They’re usually given “seed money” at the beginning of each episode that goes towards grocery shopping. The teams are assigned different challenges every week for a chance to earn more money (usually in the form of selling the most of a special dish or making a version of a local delicacy for Tyler and a guest judge). They’re also thrown obstacles that hinder their ability to make normal sales (for example, switching their menu to vegan food or being unable to restock supplies for the day).
In the first two seasons of the Great Food Truck Race, the competitors were seasoned, professional food truck operators who were competing for a cash prize (first season was $50,000 and second season was $100,000). In the following seasons (save for season six), food trucks were provided to novices (from home cooks to former restaurateurs) who have dreamt of owning and operating their very own food truck. In seasons three, four, and five, the winning team got the money and got to keep the food truck they were provided with by the show. In season six and onward, the show reverted to awarding the winning teams only the $50,000.