With six teams left to battle it out, they are vying for their ultimate food truck plus $50,000 in seed money. The teams now consist of:
- Bowled and Beautiful are California girls and single mothers, Heather, Liza and Jess. They are three friends who met in culinary school and want to prove that 40 is the new 20 as they serve up food in bowls.
- The Frankfoota Truck houses Dana, Victoria and Mirlinda from Brooklyn, N.Y. wants to show America how to enjoy their favorite food, the All-American hotdog.
- Aloha Plate represented by brothers Lanai and Adam and their close buddy Shawn are three guys from a remote island in Hawaii who grew up poor. When Adam saw a man drowning in the ocean, he swam out and saved him. For his gratitude, the man sent Adam to culinary school. He then went on to work in some of the most famous restaurants in Hawaii.
- Philly’s Finest Sambonis are Erik, Joe and Chris, childhood friends who profess the love of cheese, meat and greatness. Erik was earning a good living as an electrician, but a devastating car accident ended his career and left him with herniated disks and nerve damage in his entire body. Now these guys want to make Philadelphia proud with their Sambonis, which are sandwiches too good to call just sandwiches.
- The Slide Show are trained chefs, Das, Erin and Moe. After appearing on Food Network Star, Daz opened his own restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Unfortunately, his business partners took him for a ride, so now he is ready to redeem himself with the help from his friends.
- Tikka Tikka Taco from St. Louis, Mo. are brothers Mike and Shawn and their Uncle Sam want to bring Indian food to the masses.
The team eliminated last week, was Boardwalk Breakfast Empire, the Jersey shore survivors of Hurricane Sandy, but they received a huge send-off and all the weekend profits as a donation to Sea Bright Rising to help restore the town that was nearly wiped off the map.
On the way to Pocatello, the teams discuss their strategy. They know they cannot charge $25 for a dish and mull over their options. They arrive at Wada Potato Farm where Tyler gave them each $300 seed money. However, before they leave to restock their trucks; they must remember where they were. Aloha Plate knew that there is a large Hawaiian/Polynesian community there and hope to have an advantage. They find a farmers’ market and most head for there, the Frankfoota truck finds a BMX event and head there.
As they scramble to find the best items, Philly’s Finest scrambles to find the best bread for their cheese steaks, Tyler calls the teams to tell them that they cannot use anything high in starch for their food. No bread, no potatoes, no corn, no pasta, no rice! Now they will show exactly what they are made of. They had five minutes to round up all the stuff and deliver it to a local food bank. Back at the trucks, they improvised their menus and the lines of people were amazing. As lunch time came to an end, the trucks found other places to park; car dealerships, parking lots and interesting locales. The Frankfoota truck hooked up with the Aloha truck, but a call from Tyler to just the two of them was cause for alarm. Both trucks were outside the Pocatello city limits and not allowed to sell there. They must pack up and leave and were fined $50 for each hour they spent there. Aloha Plate was charged $150 and Frankfoota received a $50 fine. Now to make back their penalties, is top priority.
Frankfoota stayed at the lot where they restocked their truck because they had no choice, and little time left to recoup their losses. The Bowled and Beautiful truck felt that they beat out the other trucks.
Tyler placed a truck stop cooking challenge good news/bad news call to the trucks. Good news; they were all now a potato truck. Bad news; they must procure the potatoes themselves. So they headed back to Wada Potato Farm to pick all the potatoes they think they will need to make $750. The Aloha Plate guys knew how to dig for potatoes; the rest had little to go on, but just dig and pray. With a large reward awaiting the first three teams to make the $750 and rush to a destination to claim their prize, much was at stake.
As the teams jockeyed for the best places, the Philly truck hit a sign that will most likely cost them their entire till to replace. Luckily, the Tikka truck let them hook up behind them. As time was drawing near, they spotted the Bowled and Beautiful truck leaving first to the destination to claim the first prize and the $500 grand prize. Aloha Plate was second with the $250 prize, and Philly came in third with the $50 prize.
As the trucks gathered to meet with Tyler for the elimination, he announced that all trucks as a whole earned over $14,000. Tyler mentioned the $150 fine to Aloha Plate and $50 to Frankfoota, then told the Philly truck that the owner of the sign will go through his insurance, and they are only responsible for the $500 deductible.
First place went to Bowled and Beautiful with $3,643. Second place and safe was Aloha Plate with $2,744. Third place went to Tikka Tikka Taco with $2,339, even though Philly had a higher sales total than them. Fourth place was Slide Show with $2,004. Fifth place and safe for this week, was Philly’s Finest who netted $1,912. The team eliminated was Frankfoota, who only made $1,668 and Tyler gave them kudos for their determination. When they get home, they will do everything in their power to get another truck and bring it to the New York area. Best of luck, ladies!
Tyler then announced to the rest of the field that their next drive is over 700 miles away; next stop Rapid City, S.D. in the shadow of awesome Mt. Rushmore.
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