The Great Food Truck Race kicks off July 26 on Food Network

The Great Food Truck Race kicks off Thursday, July 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The winning truck will be named in the season finale on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.

The Great Food Truck Race takes a culinary road battle through the Wild West this summer, with seven teams of food truck hopefuls competing to win a $50,000 grand prize. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the trip hits hot spots in the Southwest to test the competitors' cooking chops, selling skills and business savvy. Each week, the teams hit a new city for food challenges, and the least successful truck heads home — until the one team left standing is awarded $50,000. 

This season's competitors are: Buns N' Thighs, Chicago; Chops' Shop, Pearland, Texas; Heroes on a Half Shell, Frederick, Maryland; Just Wing It, New York City; Mobile Moo Shu, Detroit,; New England Grill, Newport, Rhode Island; and Sassy Soul, Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington D.C.

In the season premiere, the race kicks off at a cattle ranch outside of Los Angeles, where the teams must hand-squeeze orange juice to get the keys to their truck. Later, each team has to create a dish with cuts of beef won in an auction and add it to their menu.

Upcoming episodes feature an ultimate shrimp dish challenge in Las Vegas; battle of the beverages in Phoenix; a visit to the historic Territory Prison in Yuma; a date-themed competition in Coachella Valley; and a Mexican-flavored return to Los Angeles for the finale.

Viewers can watch the competing teams and browse photo highlights of the challenges at, and share their opinion about who should take home the grand prize on social media using the hashtag #GreatFoodTruckRace.

Topics: Food & Beverage, Independent Operators

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