Food Network Competition Show Starts Its Journey In Houston & Galveston

Food Network host and chef Tyler Florence and the competitors in "The Great Food Truck Race: Games on the Gulf" at NASA's Rocket Park

On June 30 at 8 p.m., Houston-area residents are going to be treated to some familiar sights on Food Network. Hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, “The Great Food Truck Race: Games on the Gulf” will welcome nine food truck owners to Rocket Park at NASA Johnson Space Center. It’s the starting point of a journey and competition that will take competitors to Miami. At stake is a $50,000 grand prize for the winner, who was determined during the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami in late February. They will be revealed during the finale on Saturday, August 4.

The truck owners were divided into two teams, “Stars” and “Stripes”, and were judged on “culinary expertise, marketing savvy and selling skills.” Those who did the best during each individual battle won a gold, silver or bronze medal, as well as a cash prize.

After meeting up at NASA, the teams proceeded to Galveston, where they tried to impress baseball player Justin Turner with their best ballpark bites. Turner is currently a free agent who recently signed up with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was with the LA Dodgers when they won the World Series in 2020. 

“Nothing says summer like The Great Food Truck Race and this season’s first-time route across the Gulf Coast brings our trucks to places we’ve never been before,” said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content — Food, at Warner Bros. Discovery via a press release. “Each time these talented teams roll up to a new location, it’s truly an event.”

Ironically, none of the competitors are from the Houston area. Here are the food trucks that were picked for the competition:

Other stops during the food truck race include Pascagoula, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama. Judges for the final competition at the South Beach Food and Wine festival in Miami include Food Network personalities Maneet Chauhan, Jeff Mauro and Aarti Sequeira, and food influencers Owen Han, who just finished a new cookbook called Stacked: The Art Of The Perfect Sandwich”, and Toni Chapman, a recipe developer known as The Moody Foody on Instagram.

Host Florence is not a stranger to Houston — but it’s been a while. In 2012, he did a junket through town while promoting Fresh: A Cookbook. In 2014, he visited The Original Ninfa’s, Uchi Houston and now-closed The Pass & Provisions. The press release for this season of The Great Food Truck Race promises that Florence will share what he likes to eat when he’s on the road. Hopefully, some of those places are in Houston.

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