The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5: Behind the Scenes of Episode 6

See highlights from Season 5, Episode 6 of The Great Food Truck Race.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping Their Competition Close

"Middle Feast got the perfect location, between Lone Star and Bacon," says Tommy, finding a spot in downtown Mobile, Ala. "That way I can look at my competition." Tyler has tasked the teams with going local, so Middle Feast has tailored their menu, offering three seafood spins on their classic Israeli dishes.

Sticking to Their Guns

Lone Star has decided to keep their steak quesadillas on their menu, but after winning 77 pounds of free gulf shrimp at the challenge earlier, there's something to be worried about: "We have to take away from our regular prep to peel all these damn shrimp," says Lance, realizing their customers will have to wait.

On the Verge of Disaster

The Bacon guys decided to buy 15 pounds of the local shrimp, but they're seeing the error of their ways when customers begin leaving for other teams because their prep is taking so long. "It's becoming insanely frustrating," says Matt, on the verge of a panic attack. Luckily Jon talks him back from the brink.

Challenged to a Cook-Off

Tyler shows up to surprise the teams with a bracket-style challenge that will take place the following day: "I'm going to judge everybody's brunch dish, and the best two teams are going to be eligible for the big seafood cook-off later in the afternoon," he tells the Lone Star Chuck Wagon team.

Opportunity Is in Reach

Tyler explains to Middle Feast that the two teams that advance to the seafood challenge will have a chance to win $1,000. Tommy is excited: "1,000 bucks is a lot of money. Plus we've never won a challenge before," he says, "so we really want to win this challenge."

Desperate Times

"I can't even tell you how excited I am about this," says Let There Be Bacon's Jon. "I love cooking brunch." After Tyler leaves, Jon gives his team a pep talk: "We really need to win this challenge tomorrow, guys. We've never needed to win a challenge so badly." He hopes the prize will pull them out of their slump.

Big Plans, Even Bigger Mishaps

The next morning the teams are back selling their locally inspired dishes along with brunch. Lance of Lone Star decides to offer a $40 grouper entree, which he plans to cook for the seafood challenge if they make it. "I have big plans for this grouper," he says. Unfortunately they leave the fish behind in the store.

Covert Brunch Battles

Tyler sends secret diners to grab samples of the brunch dishes from the teams. For their dish, Let There Be Bacon came up with cheesy maple bacon grits with grilled shrimp, onions and peppers. Tyler is pleased to know the guys are "embracing the idea of Mobile" and appealing to local tastes.

Supply-and-Demand Tactics

Middle Feast is starting to sell out of some of their dishes, but instead of going back out shopping Arkadi and Tommy decide to just sell straight through to the day's end. "I think it's the smart thing to do," says Tommy, "just change the menu as it goes and not go shopping again."

Only Two Teams Will Tango

Tyler calls all of the teams together to reveal which two have won the brunch challenge and are going onto the seafood challenge. "I was really impressed with your flavors today," says Tyler, with only Let There Be Bacon and Lone Star Chuck Wagon advancing. Middle Feast is sent away to clean their truck.

Texan Smack Talk

"We've got to hurry," says Rachel. "Twenty minutes goes freakin' fast." Lance gets his dish going, grilling tilapia instead of the grouper he had planned, plating it over cilantro rice. "I'm not really worried about a contest with Bacon," says Andrea. "I know we can outcook them; I think they're a little timid."

Showing a Different Side

"I think we can beat Lone Star with this one, guys," Dylan tells his team while Jon prepares blackened shrimp in Korean lettuce wraps. "It's clean, it's fresh, it's vibrant, it's tasty," says Matt, thinking it fits the challenge perfectly. "I think it shows that we can do a lot of different stuff," he adds.

Cutting It Close

Tyler and guest judge Chef Pete Blohme taste each team's entries. "This feels kind of messy," says Tyler of Bacon's dish. Pete agrees: "It's not a refined dish." Tasting Lone Star's dish they find it salty. Ultimately, Tyler awards Bacon $1,000. "This is going to boil down to a very slim margin," he reminds them.

Rising to the Top, Falling to the Bottom

At elimination the following day, Tyler reveals Middle Feast is in first place, and Let There Be Bacon falls into last place, $582 behind Middle Feast, despite winning the $1,000. "I'm not surprised," says Matt. "We made way too many mistakes and we did not have our focus together."

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