The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4: Behind the Scenes of Episode 3

Go behind Episode 3 of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4 on Food Network.
Save Collection

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

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

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

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

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

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

Photo By: Lance W Clayton/Getty Images © 2013,  Television  Food  Network,  G.P. All Rights Reserved.  

Farm Fresh in Pocatello

Tyler meets the six remaining teams on a farm outside of their next stop, Pocatello, Idaho. After selling in big cities like San Francisco and Portland, Ore., the teams will have a challenge strategizing for a smaller city. "This is no time to rest on your laurels," says Tyler. Each provided with $300 in seed money, the trucks can restock with food and supplies, but sometime this weekend, they'll be back on the farm.

Relying on Word of Mouth

The guys of Aloha Plate are determined to find fellow islanders in all the cities and towns they visit. They find a local bank that's owned by a Hawaiian and decide to set up there. Adam is depending on word of mouth, which he calls "coconut wireless," to bring in local Idaho Hawaiians. The aloha spirit and support hasn't let them down.

Heading to Another Race

The girls of The Frankfoota Truck decide to set up at the local motocross race. They go back and forth on their pricing strategy, deciding to sell at a lower price so they can maximize sales, but that decision might come back to bite them later.

Farmers Market Finds

The teams of Tikka Tikka Taco, Bowled and Beautiful, The Slide Show and Philly's Finest Sambonis have decided to sell at the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market. They go with what has worked in the past and offer their most popular menu items, but a phone call from Tyler will soon change that.

Street Smarts

After having a hard time finding bread, the Philly's guys finally get the right kind at a local bakery, which happens to be at the same market. Before they know it, Tyler calls with the Speed Bump challenge: The teams must stop selling any starches, including bread, rice, corn, potatoes and pasta, and donate them to a food bank. The Philly's guys' plan to make sandwiches goes out the window, but Joe encourages the customers to bring their own bread to have filled.

Selling Out of Bounds

Once sales start to slow for some of the teams, many pack up and move locations. Aloha Plate moves to a warehouse and The Frankfoota Truck decides to join them. But what both teams don't know is that their new location is outside of Pocatello. Tyler calls to inform them that they will be docked $50 for every hour they spend outside of the city. Aloha Plate heads back to the bank.

From Food Trucks to Farm Fields

As Tyler hinted at the beginning of day one, the food trucks would find themselves at a farm this weekend. On the morning of day two, Tyler calls the teams to lift the starch restriction and give them their Truck Stop challenge: They will have to dig for russet potatoes at Wada Farms and then create special menu items featuring the spuds.

Crash Course in Truck Driving

Philly's Finest Sambonis was the last team to leave the farm, having the most trouble digging up potatoes. On the way out, Chris crashed the truck into a store sign. Luckily no one was hurt, but the team wouldn't get off scot-free. Even with a late start, the team is able to get selling fast because Tikka Tikka Taco saved them a spot in front of a spice shop.

All Spuds, All the Time

All the teams are now potato trucks, selling dishes that use what they've managed to dig up. Making specials out of the potatoes didn't seem all that difficult for most of the teams. The Slide Show creates a potato hash with bacon and chicken. Once the teams reach $750 in sales, they'll race to City Creek Trail Head for a chance at winning one of three tokens worth $500, $250 and $50.

Repeat Winners

As in Portland, the ladies of Bowled and Beautiful were the first team to reach the token. With sales successes in Pocatello and now with the addition of $500 to their till, their chances of coming in at the top of the pack are pretty high.

Last to the Finish Line

The teams of Aloha Plate and Philly's Finest Sambonis were able to snap up the second and third prizes, but for the teams that showed up at the City Creek Trail Head after, all they found was an empty table. For the girls of The Frankfoota Truck, it was a realization that they were the last team to finish the challenge.

A Weekend to Remember

At elimination, Tyler congratulates the teams for selling like seasoned veterans, competing "at a level that was inconceivable a few weeks ago." The trucks together earned more than $14,000. But there were also a lot of hang-ups this weekend that didn't go unnoticed: Aloha Plate was fined $150 for selling outside of city limits, and The Frankfoota Truck, which joined them, was fined $50.

Philly's Pay for a Fumble

Luckily for Philly's, they didn't have to pay for the cost of the sign because the store owner was going to submit it through insurance, but they did have to cover the deductible of $500. It ended up costing them third place, putting them in the bottom alongside the Frankfootas.

Unlucky Dogs

In the end, luck ran out for the Frankfoota girls, as Tyler pointed out. Even though they didn't win the race, Dana is sure it's not over for them: "When I get back home, I'm gonna get a truck someway somehow, and it'll be the best truck New York has ever seen." Read the team's exit interview on FN Dish.

More from The Great Food Truck Race

Get the latest on the race with exclusive behind-the-scenes content and exit interviews from the eliminated trucks on FN Dish.