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

See highlights from the Season 5 finale of The Great Food Truck Race.
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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.

Evening the Playing Field in the Finale

Tyler welcomes the teams to Florida, where they'll be selling in five cities across the state. The teams must sell five dishes set at specific prices. "I don't like Tyler setting the prices for us," says Middle Feast's Tommy. "The only thing that makes me glad is that he's setting the prices for Texas too."

Earning an Advantage in the Everglades

After partnering up in Naples and earning their seed money, which got pooled together and divided, the teams move to Alligator Alley for a local cooking challenge. "For the dish I like the best, I'm gonna double your seed money," Tyler tells them. They soon discover they're cooking alligator and frog's legs.

Making It Count in Key West

The teams move onto their final stop, Key West. Tyler tells them to focus on time management and food quality. "You'll need to prep, shop and sell with Swiss-like precision," he says. Luckily Middle Feast won the advantage, doubling their seed money. But Lone Star is working with the least they've ever had.

Dissention in the Ranks

Because of their slim seed money, Lone Star soon starts to run out of buns for their onion burgers. Rachel wants to 86 it from the menu, but Andrea thinks they can sell it in tortillas. "There's a lot of tension between the two girls right now," says Lance. "This is not the time for this to be happening."

Everyone for Themselves

Both teams are hustling to make sales, but they're finding it tough. "I am doing everything in my power to get people to come to our truck," says Lone Star's Andrea. "And I'm making sure that if they're not gonna come to our truck that they're definitely not going to the blue truck down the street."

Managing a Hard Sell

"Key West is a very, very hard place to sell, and we have to work 10 times harder," says Hilla on Day Two of their final push. Luckily the radio spot they recorded in Tampa has helped bring in customers. Soon Tyler calls to end the race: "This is the phone call you've been waiting for the last seven weeks," he says.

Cutting the Competition Close

The day earlier, Lone Star ran out of buns for their burgers, and now they've run out of chicken for their wraps. Customers have left for Middle Feast, parked not far behind. The team considers taking a risk to make a run to the store, but before they know it Tyler calls, and they've got to close up shop.

Putting It All on the Line

"For one of you, it's a state-of-the-art food truck and $50,000," Tyler reminds the final teams. "For the other, it's disappointment in the short-term." He reminds them how far they've come in the race, more than 4,000 miles, but more than that, it's been an emotionally and physically trying competition for these hopefuls.

It All Comes Down to Numbers and Cents

Tyler counts each team's cash box, tallying up their final sales in Florida. Before announcing the winner, he has some final words of encouragement: "I think both of you are gonna have an incredible amount of success in the food-truck world beyond this. I want you to hold your heads high."

Making the American Dream a Reality

"By a margin of $700," Tyler announces, Middle Feast has won "a state-of-the-art food truck and $50,000." Arkadi, Hilla and Tommy have won The Great Food Truck Race. "I'm seeing my brother's dream is actually coming true in front of my eyes," says Hilla. "This is the most-amazing feeling I've ever had."

A Long Journey to the Finish Line

"We traveled all the way from Santa Barbara to Key West, and I'm the luckiest man on Earth right now," says Tommy, who's dreamed of owning his own business to secure a better future for his young daughter. Arkadi can't even find the words to express his feelings: "I'm speechless. I am grateful."

Pulling Themselves Up by Their Bootstraps

After taking back their keys, Tyler tells Andrea, Rachel and Lance, "Get ready to tell the world about Lone Star Chuck Wagon, because they are gonna come knocking." Lance looks on the bright side: "We're gonna dust ourselves off, regroup, and get back out there, and show the world what we got."

A Well-Deserved Win

"Middle Feast, come on up and embrace your money, guys," Tyler tells the team. "The first time I won something," says Hilla. "I feel, for the first time in my life, that I worked hard and it paid off," says Tommy. "We deserve it," he tells his sister Hilla and friend Arkadi.

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