As street food has become more and more popular across the U.S., it was only a matter of time before the Food Network caught wind and dedicated a show to it. This Sunday sees the premiere of the latest in a slew of food competition shows sweeping cable: The Great Food Truck Race, hosted by Tyler Florence. The premise is this: Seven food trucks race across the U.S., with overnight stops in cities along the way. In each city, the trucks have to restock their kitchens and battle it out to make the most money in 48 hours. The truck to rake in the least must hit the road. So is it any good? We previewed the first episode.
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I've long had a bit of a schoolgirl crush on Tyler Florence. His intensity about cooking and engaging narrative always make me want to whip up any of his "ultimate" dishes. (In fact, I've done just that several times—always to great success.) Though his past shows have all been cooking-related, Tyler's newest Food Network project is called The Great Food Truck Race. It follows seven top-notch food trucks as they race across the country, cooking all the way. I chatted with Tyler about the new show, which premieres on Sunday, August 15, his three new restaurants and more.