The Great Food Truck Race Team Bios
Austin Daily Press
Eliminated Week Four
Austin, Texas — Austin Daily Press serves up out-of-the-box hot, grilled sandwiches in the team's signature wrapping: a piece of newspaper from The Onion. In attempts to spread their toasty goodness everywhere, co-owners Cory Nunez and Amy Hildenbrand, with the help of Cory’s girlfriend, Melani Feinberg, deliver sandwiches by request right to their customers. Don't be fooled by their a cappella sideshow, this trio is highly competitive.
Eliminated Week Three
Fullerton, Calif. — Team Crepes Bonaparte evolved from Christian Murcia’s graduate project at USC’s School of Entrepreneurship. Emulating the experience of ordering a crepe off the streets of Paris, Christian, his fiancée, Danielle Law, and his childhood friend Matthew Meyer take crepes out of the fine dining realm. Their French-inspired uniforms, music and viewing window from their truck, “Gaston,” are the ingredients Crepes Bonaparte employ to ensure success.
Grill 'Em All
Season 1 Winner
Los Angeles, Calif. — Grill ‘Em All combines a love of heavy metal and culinary arts into a victorious marriage: a concert on wheels serving up gourmet hamburgers. With backgrounds in the culinary and marketing worlds, self-proclaimed "... bad kids on the food truck block" and childhood friends Ryan Harkins and Matt Chernus take Los Angeles by storm, accompanied by friend Joel Brown. For these three, going on the road with their truck is like going on tour; they plan to do nothing short of rocking the competition.
Eliminated Week One
Culver City, Calif. — Nana Queens, established by Janel Prator, began as a way to impress co-workers after experimenting with banana pudding. Teaming up with her sister, Shanel Prator, and hometown friend Rick Wilson, the Nana Queens combine savory and sweet, serving various flavors of pudding and wings on wheels. Having overcome many obstacles in their pasts, these sisters know the competition is "puddin'" in their hands.
Nom Nom Truck
Eliminated Finale Week
Los Angeles, Calif. — Nom Nom Truck brings fusion and traditional Vietnamese sandwiches and tacos to the masses, using fun recipes and fresh ingredients. After meeting at UCLA, Misa Chien and Jennifer Green jumped at the idea to take Vietnamese cuisine mainstream, and David Kien, impressed by the truck's concept, quickly joined as manager. Smart, savvy and dedicated, they know they will be tough to beat because all anyone can say as they eat their food is "nom nom nom."
Eliminated Week Two
Hermosa Beach, Calif. — Ragin' Cajun proved to be the obvious next step for Stephen Domingue after operating his restaurant, to bring authentic Cajun cuisine to Southern California. The truck allows for his one-of-a-kind dishes, inspired by his mother's original recipes, to reach hungry mouths and convert them to Cajun food lovers. Having already conquered Los Angeles, Stephen and his teammates, Joey Quebedeaux and Jazmina Banionis, are ready to spread the love of Cajun food to the rest of the country.
Spencer on the Go
Eliminated Week Five
San Francisco, Calif. — Spencer on the Go, founded by Chez Spencer owner and chef Laurent Katgely, emulates a slice of Provence on wheels, giving customers a tasty and inexpensive alternative to high-end French dining. Laurent serves the best and most authentic French dishes (such as frogs’ legs and escargot) for economical prices. He and his teammates, chef John Desmond and operator Jesse Vera, combine their professional training and business tactics, and are sure to stir up the competition.