Food Court Wars

The Battle to Win a Business

Teams of budding restaurant entrepreneurs face off to win food court space in their local shopping malls. See how the winners are doing.

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Where to Find the Winning Teams

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  • Tyler Florence visits Huntsville, Ala., where two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs compete to win their very own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year! It's team Perkins & Sons hotdogs vs. team Kettle n' Spouts shrimp-and-grits as they go head to head in the ultimate battle testing their concept, marketing their brand, and attempting to outsell their competition at Madison Square Mall.

  • Retirees Mary and Thomas, a married couple of 45 years, have been selling their famous Mississippi Delta tamales off a hot plate at a gas station in a neighboring town, always imaging how successful they could be with a proper kitchen in the right location. After having worked in restaurants for the past ten years, best friends Erika and Stevo have dreamed of opening their own place serving authentic New Orleans style po' boys, but due to circumstances beyond their control, their careers were put on hold. In Meridian, Miss., these two teams will face-off in a battle of good ole' Southern cooking and only one will ultimately win their very own food court restaurant in Food Court Wars!

  • In Spartanburg, S.C., mother-daughter team Jenn and Trish have taken their Puerto Rican family tradition of making empanadas and turned it into a small business at local festivals, but these ladies are now ready to expand from the food cart to the food court and build a lasting family business. Taco Spot owner J.V. and employee Michael currently have two existing restaurants, but meager revenues barely keep their doors open: These taco entrepreneurs will need to bring on the heat if they want to build their taco empire. Who will be left standing after this south of the border showdown and win their very own food court restaurant?

  • Restaurant Chef Tyler and waitress Sarah have dreamt of trading in their fine dining restaurant knowledge into a casual dining experience, but do these co-workers have what it takes to go from caviar to cheese curds? Girlfriends Carlie and Brianna's mission is to use their healthy living, roller derby lifestyle to take out the competition by providing healthy food alternatives in their comfort food loving hometown, but can they do this without knocking each other down? These teams will get your heart racing when one team promotes at an enduro race and another at a YMCA roller derby debut: All the way to the end it's a neck and neck battle of healthy choices versus Wisconsin-style comfort food, but ultimately the people of Wausau, Wis., will decide which team will win their very own food court restaurant.

  • Melania and Diana were brought together by fate when Melania moved home to take care of her ailing mother and Diana desperately needed a brilliant chef to bring Middle Eastern food to the mid-west. Jonathan and Craig became fast friends working on the line at a restaurant chain where the two connected over memories of favorite sandwiches of their childhood and the hope of being their own bosses one day. Local taste buds will be challenged during a Great Lakes minor league baseball game with a surprise guest appearance by a baseball legend. One team will ultimately knock it out of the park, winning their very own food court restaurant in Midland, Mich.

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  • Tyler Florence visits Huntsville, Ala., where two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs compete to win their very own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year! It's team Perkins & Sons hotdogs vs. team Kettle n' Spouts shrimp-and-grits as they go head to head in the ultimate battle testing their concept, marketing their brand, and attempting to outsell their competition at Madison Square Mall.

  • In Lansing, Mich., one food truck will be turning into a food court restaurant. Married couple Mark and Krysta have put every penny they have into their struggling gourmet hot dog cart and strive to provide a more secure life for their son. Co-workers Vicki and Kathy hope for financial stability for their grilled chicken cart: Vicki is eager to give herself a paycheck and Kathy looks to have a larger role in the business.

About the Host

Tyler mentors home cooks on Worst Cooks in America, hosts The Great Food Truck Race and shares recipes on Tyler's Ultimate.

About the Show

Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year. Each week it’s a different U.S. city mall. The mall wants to open a brand-new "local" eatery in the food court that offers a fresh region-specific menu. Stakes are high as teams must test their concept, market their brand and run their outlet for a full day feeding hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their eatery space — a prize worth $100,000! The losing team must vacate the premises.

More About Food Court Wars

Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year. Each week it’s a different U.S. city mall. The mall wants to open a brand-new "local" eatery in the food court that offers a fresh region-specific menu. Stakes are high as teams must test their concept, market their brand and run their outlet for a full day feeding hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their eatery space — a prize worth $100,000! The losing team must vacate the premises.

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