What to Watch: An Exciting End to The Great Food Truck Race and Fall Festivities with The Kitchen

By: Caitlyn Callegari

Host Tyler Florence poses with Team Lone Star Chuck Wagon's Lance Kramer, Rachel Young and Andrea Chesley and Team Middle Feast's Arkadi Kluger, Hilla Marudi and Tommy Marudi in the finale location, Key West, as seen on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5.

Photo by: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Jeremiah Alley, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

There's been steady, nail-biting buildup leading to the finale of The Great Food Truck Race, and it gets only more intense as the competition comes to a satisfyingly thrilling end. In the last episode of the season, the contestants' trials have culminated to an exhilarating Floridian marathon spanning Tampa, Naples, the Everglades and Key West. As if the racing between cities isn't enough of an adrenaline rush, the contestants also have to travel by airboat for fresh alligator — yikes! Another highlight in this weekend's fun-packed programming is Saturday's installment of The Kitchen. The chefs dial up their autumn spirit in an Oktoberfest-themed episode, where the chefs add their own flavorful flair to traditional fare.

If you're looking for something a bit more low key, tune in to The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, Giada at Home and Farmhouse Rules to watch the ladies serve up dishes like Kale Citrus Salad, Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches, Crispy Fig and Gorgonzola Ravioli, and Lemon-Lime Pound Cake. Other must-watch shows this weekend are Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy's Grocery Games and Food Truck Face Off, where contestants are forced to test their patience and their resilience.

Ree Drummond has invited her sister, Betsy, over to indulge in tasty, refreshing dishes such as a Frittata, Kale Citrus Salad, Mystery Rolls and Lemon-Lime Pound Cake.

Saturday 10a|9c

Trisha Yearwood's getting traditional and making a box lunch for her husband, Garth, just like her mother used to do for her father. She whips up a turkey meatloaf sandwich, Gwen's Coleslaw, Mari's Homemade Oatmeal Cookies and Pineapple Sweet Tea.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

The chefs celebrate Oktoberfest by preparing meals such as Jeff Mauro's ultimate bratwurst sandwich, red cabbage kraut, classic pretzels with delicious dips, Black Forest Cake and a German Radlermass.

Saturday 11a|10c

Giada De Laurentiis preps for a night with her girlfriends by making dim sum-style plates of Jade's BBP, Hazelnut Brittle, Crispy Fig and Gorgonzola Ravioli, and Breakfast PLTs.

Sunday 10:30a|9:30c

Nancy Fuller caters the golf tournament that her husband, David, is participating in, and she decides to make Prime Rib Sandwiches with Horseradish Sauce, Sweet Potato Steak Fries, Gopher Bars and a Back Nine (Spiked Arnold Palmer) cocktail.

Sunday 12:30|11:30c

Four chefs from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives compete in challenges like the Grocery List, Clearance Carts, Red Light Special and Cart Swap. Only one makes it to the Shopping Spree.

Sunday 8|7c

The teams must revisit each of the six lessons learned throughout the race on an epic Florida road trip. They finalize their menus in Tampa, create a radio spot on the beach, partner up in Naples, take airboats into the Everglades for fresh alligator and then battle head to head in a cooking challenge to double their till, all before arriving in Key West. The teams sell on Duvall Street before being called to the White Street Pier for the final tally announcement, where one team will be crowned the winner of The Great Food Truck Race.

Sunday 9|8c

The chefs are sabotaged in a multitude of ways in this episode, either by having to cook in a highchair, share a giant saw, or use a corn husk as a cooking vessel.

Sunday 10|9c

Four food truck hopefuls pitch their concepts to a panel of judges who select just two teams to fight it out on the streets of Miami. On their first Sell Day, one team struggles to stay cool under the pressure, while the other team must overcome different hurdles. Both teams square off alongside Miami's top food trucks in a busy block party before host Jesse Palmer announces which team earned the most money and will be going home with the keys to their food truck.

Sunday 11|10c
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