With seven 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:
- Boardwalk Breakfast Empire from Sea Bright, N.J. who operated a luncheonette called Steve’s that was swept out to sea by Hurricane Sandy. Joanne, Ted and Eileen hope to win for their home town.
- Bowled and Beautiful are California girls Heather, Liza and Jess. They are three friends who met in culinary school and want to prove that 40 is the new 20.
- The Frankfoota Truck housed Dana, Victoria and Mirlinda from Brooklyn, N.Y. want to show America how to enjoy their favorite food.
- 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 of 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 Murphy’s Spud Truck which could not light their burner and was forced to sell a salad, as their only item. Another team will be leaving this week, as they race to Portland for their next set of challenges.
On the way, the teams discuss their strategy for feeding the healthy-conscious community in Portland as they decide what to feed the masses. As Tyler gave the teams their pep talk before the challenge, and warns them that there are no Styrofoam containers allowed in Portland. They can even make multiple items, but no selling on city streets, so they must only sell on private property and be prepared to deal with the locals. With $350 in seed money, they all went shopping. The Tikka Tikka Taco truck found out about the place called Cartlandia where food carts congregate to sell their wares. The Frankfoota truck teamed up with a brewery. Al a Carts, another cart congregation on the other side of town was where the Boadwalk Breakfast Empire was headed, but it was raining and very few people were there. The sudden burst of rain was a bummer and kept people home for the day. Then Tyler called to tell them that they could not restock their truck. All food they had was all they could use. That was not even the big surprise he hinted about for later.
On day two, they could not restock until Tyler gave to go ahead. The Frankfoota Truck shopped light yesterday, and it came back to bite them. Tikka Tikka Taco stayed in the parking lot of the supermarket awaiting his call. Now the call was made, and Tyler called to say they could restock and reinvest their profits. He also gave them the surprise that he was supplying them with six pounds of gooey duck, a clam native to the northwest that looks like a naked turtle. Now for the bad news, as if that wasn’t enough, they are now all gooey duck trucks. They can only sell dishes where gooey duck is the primary ingredient, with each dish $10 or less. The first team that earns $100 has to leave for Council Crest Park in the vista of Mount St. Helens, to find a tree stump with an axe containing a token. First team to find the token will receive a $500 bonus. If they have not made their $100 by the weekend, they must shut down. Furthermore, these are the last sales they will make this weekend. Next step; elimination.
The Jersey truck knows that it is about 100 times the size of a Jersey steamer and they can handle this bad boy. The Aloha truck knows very well what this is and grew up eating it. Each truck found ingenious ways to serve their surprise and people were loving most of it. Tyler then called to say they had to sell $200 instead of $100. Bowled and Beautiful won the token and the $500, but they did not win the round. Aloha Plate truck led the pack with sales of $2,505. Second place was Bowled and Beautiful with the help of the $500 had sales of $1,662. The next teams in order were; Tikka Tikka Taco with $1,219, Slide Show was next with $1,121, Philly’s Finest with $961 and the last two battled it out to stay in the competition. Next-to-last place was Frankfoota, who made $727, leaving Boardwalk Breakfast Empire receiving yet another blow from Hurricane Sandy, who were eliminated from the competition, but Tyler knows how difficult it has been in Sea Bright, N.J. and all the proceeds from the weekend of $6,400 were donated to Sea Bright Rising. The truck was the first to close up but sadly made a wrong turn on the way and missed out on the $500 bonus.
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