The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4: Behind the Scenes of the Finale

Go behind the Season 4 finale of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network.

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Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Catching Up in Annapolis

As Aloha Plate and Philly's Finest Sambonis leave Chicago to catch up to Tikka Tikka Taco's five-hour lead, Annapolis, Md., is turning out to be a gold mine for Tikka Tikka Taco as they rake in sales at a local yacht club. Once they get to town, the Samboni guys tap into the East Coast love and get a crowd going. The Aloha guys also get a warm welcome from the Hawaiian community.

Battle in the Bay

The next day Tyler calls the teams with their first Truck Stop challenge. On Kent Island, the teams will be cooking crab right in the heart of the Chesapeake. Just like in Chicago, the challenge will be judged on taste. But there's also a big surprise waiting for them after the challenge.

Trading in Trucks for Boats

The teams head out to the high seas because they'll have to catch their own blue crabs, the freshest of the fresh. They will have two hours to harvest their ingredient and cook it. The winner of the challenge will get $1,500 added to their till.

Tikka Tikka Crab

The guys from Tikka Tikka Taco run back with their haul to get ready to cook. They want to make a grilled crab ceviche served with naan chips, dusted with their special Tikka seasoning.

Almost a Perfect Dish

None of the Samboni guys have ever used the griddle to make crab, but they go for it and use an inverted bowl to steam the meat. They ended up making a crab bruschetta with a tomato sauce. Unfortunately the guest judge, a culinary specialist from the Navy, finds a bit of shell in the dish.

From Thinning to Winning

The team of Aloha Plate is low on supplies because of their "thin it to win it" strategy, so all that Adam can think to make is a stuffed crab dish with orzo, which he scoops into the crab head for a unique presentation. The dish is found to be too salty, but the sauce sets it apart from the others' dishes enough that it wins them the challenge and the cash prize.

First Place for the First Time

In a surprise twist, Tyler informs the teams that only two will be making it to the final leg of the race. Tyler takes out his ledger and adds up the sales from Chicago and Annapolis. He announces that Tikka Tikka Taco came in first with an astonishing total of $9,129. It's their first time finishing in first place at an elimination.

In the Bottom One Last Time

With a total of $8,562, Aloha Plate gains the final spot. If Philly's Finest Sambonis would have won the Truck Stop challenge, they would have beat Aloha Plate by $123. Tyler congratulates Aloha Plate and says he'll look forward to seeing them go "toe to toe" with Tikka Tikka Taco. He wishes Philly's goodbye and congratulates them for a good run in the race.

Veering Off to Virginia

Tyler informs the final two that the race will continue, and this time they're moving west for the first time, to Arlington, Va. He tells them the teams will have to hustle to make as many sales as they can.

Finding Their Customers

Aloha Plate finds a spot by Clarendon Metro Station, where they get a crowd of Hawaiians from a nearby festival. The crowd even has hula dancers, and the guys take a break to join in singing Hawaii Aloha, a special anthem for the Hawaiian people. Tikka Tikka Taco isn't having much traffic at all on a side street, so they decide to roll up next to Aloha Plate, but sales don't improve.

The Final Challenge

The next day Tyler calls the teams as they're out refueling for another day in Arlington. The final city will be Washington, D.C. But that's not all. There will be a final challenge: Each team has to sell one another's signature dishes at exactly $10. The new special will be in addition to their five-dish menu. The first team to sell 50 by the time Tyler calls the race will get $1,000 added to their till.

A Last Push for Profits

Both teams race to find space to park in downtown D.C. and end up taking the first free spots they find. Aloha Plate is selling well on K Street, but Tikka Tikka Taco's sales are slowing on 6th Street, so they try to hunt for a new spot. Aloha Plate is the first to sell the 50 specials, but Tikka Tikka Taco was unable to make their goal. Then Tyler calls to end the race. The teams will meet him in front of the nation's Capitol.

The Final Elimination

Seven weeks ago, eight teams began the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race in Hollywood. And now only two remain. After a 4,181-mile journey, only one team will ride away with a food truck and $50,000 in prize money. Tyler congratulates the teams for getting better and better every week and rising to every challenge he threw at them.

In a Matter of Money

Tyler must count the teams' cash boxes to determine their final totals from the past two days of selling in Virginia and D.C. before he can name the winner. Tyler says that no matter who wins, he's seen "commitment, integrity and teamwork" from all of them, which are traits that make a winner.

Proving Good Things Do Happen to Good People

Tyler calls it: Aloha Plate wins The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4 with $14,850 in sales. Shawn, Adam and Lanai are bringing the win home for the state of Hawaii. Tyler tells Adam that he's "living proof that one guy can make a difference." Adam did that when he saved a swimmer from drowning, and he's doing it now for his best friend and his brother, seeing to it that their dreams have come true.

A Happy Second-Place Ending

Tikka Tikka Taco fought hard with "sportsmanship and dignity," says Tyler. Brothers Shaun and Michael and their uncle Sam, "Amoo," were a tight-knit family that fought their hardest in the race, and Shaun fought for his country. Even though the team didn't win, the race will donate $2,500 to the Fallen Patriots Fund in memory of Shaun's fallen friend. "We fought hard, and we know we're onto bigger and better things," says Michael.

A Dream Come True

"The state of Hawaii was the last to join the Union, but you guys are first in The Great Food Truck Race," says Tyler. "You earned that truck and you earned this cash." The guys leave with their dreams of food truck ownership coming true and $50,000 to boot. Read the team's interview on FN Dish.

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