The genesis of food trucks in the US can be traced way back to the late 17th century when these mobile, dining vehicles graced several large cities on the east coast. Since then, these portable food booths have progressed to occupy a front seat in the American street food culture. In order to explore its influence on the ongoing food revolution, ‘Food Truck Nation’ attempts to showcase the latest and greatest bites on wheels. It introduces us to some of the most creative chefs who are making breakthroughs in culinary inventions to satiate the ever-evolving customer palate.
After a successful run of its first season on Cooking Channel, ‘Food Truck Nation’ returns for a second installment. Here is everything we know about the latest season.
Food Truck Nation Cast: Who is in it?
‘Food Truck Nation’ is hosted by food aficionado and chef, Brad Miller. He is a native from Chicago suburbs, where he grew up learning to cook beside his grandmother and helping out in his father’s butcher shop. The talented chef received his training at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Arizona. He had also appeared as a candidate on Season 3 of ‘Hell’s Kitchen‘, where he gained 6th position. As per Gordon Ramsay, Miller is definitely hard-working but “he lacked the finesse to become a great chef.” After his stint with reality TV, Miller started using his experience to dive further into entertainment and food. He shifted to California and gradually became the chef-partner of Inn of the Seventh Ray, Los Angeles County. He is also the executive chef of Five Star Senior Living, which mainly caters to senior communities. He has ventured into writing and his first cookbook is about “comfort classics with a modern twist.”
Since ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, Miller has appeared on television as a guest judge on ‘Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off’ and as a guest chef on ‘Home & Family’.
Food Truck Nation Plot: What is it about?
‘Food Truck Nation’ follows Miller as he travels across America in search of the most unique, modern, and delicious treats on wheels. He introduces us to some talented chefs who are always on the lookout for new, innovative recipes to attract their customers. On each of the half-hour-long episodes, Miller visits three trucks to try their signature bites. He then discusses with the owners about the inspiration and backstories behind their creations. Some of the food types featured on the show include the unique blueberry pie PB&J — which comes with actual blueberry pie filling and blueberry crust. Again, the loaded hot dog features two all-beef franks, flavored with spicy shredded cabbage, chimichurri spread, and a wholesome serving of guacamole. As he meets with the chefs who operate the food trucks, he also pays homage to their marvelous creations and explains their influence on the food culture as a whole.
Just like its former season, ‘Food Truck Nation’ Season 2 highlights some of the best, up-and-coming chefs. Across the episodes, we witness audacious dishes that nobody would think could be the creations of a mobile kitchen. As per Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel, “With summer approaching, Brad Miller is the perfect guide for viewers who may be hitting the open road to find some of the best food trucks around.”