The Great Food Truck Race begins new season on Food Network

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It's back on Food Network, the race among food truck operators to win a new vehicle and thousands in a cash prize.

The Great Food Truck Race commences its fourth season on Sunday night August 18. The show takes contestants across the U.S.and peppers them with challenges at each stop.

Tyler Florence is the show's host and in an interview posted on the Food Network site he explained why food trucks teams may not be ready for what is thrown at them.

"These teams have never done this before, so it’s healthy just to ask some questions like, have you trademarked your name? Did you buy all the domain names for your name? Do you know what it takes to operate a food truck? Are you prepared to do this?"

A couple of firsts this season are a team from Hawaii and all-female teams, including a trio of ladies from Brooklyn, The New York Daily News reported on them.

Their truck business name is Frankfootas and as you'd expect they specialize in hot dogs. "The Frankfootas take their street meat to the next level, from bacon-wrapped dogs with pulled pork to veggie varieties topped with hummus, chopped tomato, cucumber and onion."

Three ladies, one truck on a cross-country trek with elimination always lurking was a bit of a struggle for them. “It’s the people who love each other the most that fight the most. How do we go into this race and come out still as friends?, asked team member Raja.

The food truck business has been growing in popularity around the country. Even Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern highlighted them last season on his show Bizarre Foods America.

In Austin, Texas there are more than 1,600 food trucks throughout the city and while a few owners have moved on to own a restaurant, most of the folks who make it a way of life don't feel the need. Zimmern's favorites included:

  • Gourdought's Big. Fat. Donuts
  • Love Balls
  • Eastside King
  • Pig Vicious

Read more about the Austin food truck scene and Zimmern's thoughts on each, right here at HULIQ. Catch the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network starting this Sunday Aug. 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET

Image credit: Food Network/The Great Food Truck Race