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

See highlights from the Season 5 premiere of The Great Food Truck Race.
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Getting Ready for the Race

The Great Food Truck Race is back, and this season the starting line is in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tyler greets the new teams, which are Madres Mexican Meals, Military Moms, Lone Star Chuck Wagon, Beach Cruiser, Gourmet Graduates, Let There Be Bacon, Middle Feast and Chatty Chicken.

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It's More Than a Competition

Michelle, Wendy and Carol from Military Moms get emotional seeing their truck for the first time, because it pictures dog tags. "They're symbolic of our husbands and I wear it all the time when he's gone," says Carol. Winning their food truck and $50,000 would help launch their dreams of owning their own business.

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Signature Dishes on the Line

Tyler meets the teams on the beach, and he hands out the challenge and the seed money, $200 to create "three finely tuned dishes" for their menus. The teams will be selling in Santa Barbara for Day One. There's a briefcase in each of the trucks, but Tyler warns them that they can't open it until later in the race.

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Cultural Adaptability

"I want to make Middle Eastern food that people have heard of before," says Tommy, so he's decided upon hummus and shawarma, but he can't find tahini or cumin for his recipes. Switching to plan B, Tommy settles on making shakshuka, a breakfast dish, and schnitzel, for which he needs chicken breast.

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