With three 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:
- 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.
- 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 Slide Show, now three remain with Philly hanging on by a thread each week.
On the way to Chicago, the Aloha guys and the Tikka Taco guys agree that the Philly truck does not belong in the race; however, they are still in it. As Tyler met them, he gave them each $500 seed money. Before they start selling, they must do a taste test by making deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. As each team goes to get the ingredients to make a signature pizza, they try to make it the authentic pizza that will identify with their specific truck. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel was the judge of their taste test with a prize of a proclamation from him and $1,000 for their till. The Philly truck made a pie called The Ditka, but it was a bit wet in the middle. The Aloha truck made a spicy pizza, and Tikka Tikka Taco made the one that the mayor chose.
Then Tyler told them that the finale began two hours before, and all three trucks were in the finale. Now each truck must feature at least five different dishes, that does not include drinks and sides. The Tikka guys feel that several items are not a problem for them, but the Philly truck has to make an hour trip to get the ingredients for their authentic sandwiches. The Aloha truck is in luck because a Hawaiian event is going on there, and they have a captive audience. Philly is stuck in traffic, even though they have a great location setup. When they finally arrive, they had lots of time to make up, they have plenty of customers, but their arguing must stop.
On day two, Tikka is at a church, and Philly came to a flea market, but expected it to be a farmer’s market. Afterwards Tyler called to tell them they had to sell a hot beef Polish sausage sandwich for $7 each; the same ones Mike Ditka sells these in his restaurant. Each truck must sell 300 of these sandwiches and after that meet at Ditka’s Restaurant. The first truck there will receive a five-hour head start to the next location.
The taco truck got a parking ticket, and it caused tempers to flare among the guys. Philly is having trouble finding a place to park, and time is running short. Tikka made it to Ditka’s first and won the five-hour advantage to Annapolis, Md. The other two teams did not meet the goal of selling 300, but the Philly truck only sold ten. As Tikka was on its way, the other six guys had to clean Mike Ditka’s restaurant kitchen.
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