It is quite a daunting task to keep coming up with new varieties of shows with one common theme that has to be present in one form or another. This is what the Food Network has been doing. The network regularly comes up with food-related shows which feel fresh, new, and exciting, and also manage to capture the interests of the audience. One such unique food-related show which has become quite popular on the Food Network is ‘The Great Food Truck Race’. It is a reality game show where people operating food trucks compete against each other to prove whose business is the most profitable. ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ is produced by Critical Content and presented by Tyler Florence.
The general manager of Food Network, Bob Tuschman, remarked that many show ideas regarding food trucks were pitched to him, but this is the only show which captured his interest. It combines elements of the survival shows along with capturing the growing interest among Americans in food trucks. ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ is considered a hugely influential show. The series began in 2010, a time when the American economy was still reeling from the devastating economic crisis that hit the country in 2008. It was during this time that ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ showed people an innovative way of making a living without having to maintain an entire restaurant.
The Great Food Truck Race Cast: Who is in it?
Season 1 of ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ premiered in 2010, and since then there has been one constant member of the cast who has appeared in all of the seasons. That person is none other than the host of the show, Tyler Florence. He himself is a chef and a veteran in the food show circuit. Florence can be seen as a presenter on shows like ‘Globe Trekker’, ‘Food 911’, ‘Tyler’s Ultimate’, and ‘How to Boil Water’. Besides television, Florence has also ventured into other territories of mass media. He is the creator of a podcast called ‘Wolf it Down’ where he speaks to people involved in the food and technology industries.
Besides the host, the participants are the main faces who appear on the show. In Season 10, there are a total of nine food trucks which compete against each other. Baby Got Mac (Los Angeles) is a truck managed by the husband-wife duo of Clinton and Samma Jones, along with their friend Rosa Linares. The next food truck, Brunch Babes, is from the Grand Rapids. Lana Webster, Mariah Sniegowski, and their cousin Lydia VanWormer are the ones who operate the Brunch Babes truck. The third truck is called Frank N Slides, and it is managed by Craig Smith, Chef Steve Weston, and Kyle Moore. They are from Boise in Idaho. Hope and Andre Thourogood, along with Hope’s twin sister Faith Johnson, are participating in ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ season 10 with their truck Madea Made. They are selling the dishes they learned to cook at home from their parents, grandparents, and other members of their family.
Sue Aldrich and Paulette Fiorentino-Robinson, two best friends, are also competing in the show along with Sue’s son Aldrich. They are from Montpelier and their truck is called Make It Maple. Darrell Johnson, an accomplished chef, is bringing to the foray a taste of authentic Creole and Cajun recipes along with his wife Anna and sous chef Terrell Gaskin. They are from Atlanta and their truck is called NOLA Creations.
Up next is the team of Dareka Nicholson, her husband Terrence, and her sister Mahdi Ekadi. The trio from Nashville are selling assortments of fried items from their truck, The People’s Fry. Rolling Indulgence from Dayton is the next truck in competition. It is being run by Drew Ballard, his fiancee Jesse Sarra, and their best friend Travis Day. Bringing up the rear is Sol Food Collective from Los Angeles. Jacquelyn Jones, Malyssa Lyles, and Stephanie Graney are bringing unique vegan dishes to the foray.