Johnson & Wales University alumnus Tyler Florence has evolved as a talented, famed chef. After completing the culinary program at Johnson & Wales, he moved to New York while gaining the earned respect of renowned culinary artists such as Marta Pulini and Charlie Palmer. After years of being a culinary star for Food Network, he has decided to take on a brand new series, The great food truck race.
In the season premiere, Florence greets the eight teams in Los Angeles under the iconic Hollywood sign, and each team sees their customized truck for the first time. For their first challenge, he sends them to flashy Beverly Hills for a contest in upscale sales: each team can only sell one signature dish on their menu – but that dish must be sold for a minimum of $20 each. Tyler and the teams then head 380 miles north to San Francisco, where the trucks must pick a different signature dish to sell exclusively. The team that earns the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home. The route then sends the trucks to Portland, Pocatello, Idaho; Rapid City, South Dakota; Minneapolis; St. Paul; Chicago, featuring guest stars Mayor Rahm Emanuel and famous football coach Mike Ditka; and Washington D.C., where the life-changing grand prize is awarded in the season finale.