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The Great Food Truck Race Recap: Week Five In Memphis, Tennessee

September 11, 2011 07:27 PM by Lori Wilson

Week five of Great Food Truck Race rolls into Memphis, Tennessee. As the final four teams face a town that really knows their food, they face a tough speed bump and what Great Food Truck Race host Tyler Florence deems “the weirdest elimination yet” when one team is caught cheating. Keep reading to find out who impressed Memphis and who was sent packing.

Truck stop
During the Truck Stop, the teams are instructed to make their very own BBQ sauce, with ingredients presented to them. They are also instructed to go to the Rendezvous Restaurant where the teams grab a 100-pound hog. They each have 3 1/2 hours to butcher the hog, smoke it and present it with their very own BBQ sauce. Jim Neely, who put Memphis BBQ on the map, taste tests the teams’ offerings. Jim declares Roxy’s Grilled Cheese as the winner of the Memphis Pork Truck Stop. As their reward, Roxy’s is given $500 in addition to the $500 already given to all the teams for seed money. They are also given a head start to open for business. The remaining three teams must stay behind to break down the rest of the meat from the hogs to be donated to the local food bank.

The challenge
Roxy’s pulls into downtown to set up for the challenge two hours before the other teams. Once the losing teams have finished with their punishment, Hodge Podge parks outside a restaurant they have a connection with, Lime parks outside Bluefin restaurant, who they buy their seafood products from, and Korilla BBQ heads to Beale St. Hodge Podge ends up near Roxy’s and actually opens first, despite the Truck Stop winner’s head start. Korilla discovers their location isn’t going so well, as evidenced by their small line. They struggle for the first time in the competition.

Speed bump
Tyler calls the teams to tell them they must switch to solely vegetarian menus. Roxy’s and Lime have no problem transitioning to the vegetarian menu, despite buying mostly meat products with their allotted budget. Hodge Podge is forced to close for a bit when they hit the grocery store to restructure their menu, while Korilla makes a call for a tofu delivery. However, Korilla BBQ’s tofu tacos don’t exactly impress their meat loving Memphis customers.

The next day finds the trucks in new locations and facing a rainy day. Tyler calls the teams to give them yet another surprise: A local blogger, The Chubby Vegetarian, will review each truck and post his recommendations online, giving the trucks more visibility. The best-reviewed truck will receive immunity at elimination.

With seven hours left, Roxy’s has the longest lines. The rest of the food trucks are individually told about a park where a concert will be held. They all decide to relocate in hopes of generating more business. Unfortunately, the park isn’t exactly the jackpot the teams were hoping for. Hodge Podge takes another hit when they lose electricity. While the other three teams feel defeated, Roxy’s is confident they killed it in Memphis, Tennessee.


At the Memphis elimination, Tyler tells The Great Food Truck Race teams it is not going to be a good day. Before he goes into detail, he tells them The Chubby Vegetarian declared Lime Truck as the winner of his challenge, because they cooked one of the best meals he’s ever had off a food truck, if not ever. Tyler then gives them the bad news: One of the teams tried to cheat. He declares that Korilla put some of their own money in their cash box to boost their profits, which is a violation of the rules. He kicks them out of the competition. After a chagrined Korilla drives away, Tyler tells Hodge Podge they had the lowest sales, but since Korilla cheated, they are safe. The teams then learn the next stop for The Food Network reality show is Atlanta, Georgia.

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8 Responses to “The Great Food Truck Race Recap: Week Five In Memphis, Tennessee”

  1. Edz Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Korilla, you just tarnished your reputation!!! You guys were still in first place!!! “GAME OVER!!!”

  2. AJ Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Something really odd about the ending. No comments from Korilla, and they seemed a bit surprised, too. I have to wonder if this was some kind of trick…? Seriously, the teams know the receipts have to match what they made. Korilla could have easily falsified receipts! To just throw $2700 in and think they could have gotten away with it? So, this just seems really odd and out of place. Food Network has something up their sleeves…

  3. lol Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    figures, asians are always cheating counter strike

  4. Scott Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    That is low. Snake low. How did Korilla get so stupid?

  5. Korilla Cheaters Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    The Korilla team couldn’t help cheating….it’s in their blood.

  6. Walter Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    As an Asian american they were kind of shady even before this happened. Those 3 guys always look kind of sly and try to do things that were questionable. Personally don’t think the other truckers thought much of them too. When others were voted out, the losers would hug and shake hands before leaving..but no one ever (from my recollection) shook the Korilla’s hand. Now they are exposed for the type of people they are.

  7. Korilla Cheaters Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    AJ, have you ever dealt with a Korean before? If you have you’d know reason, logic, integrity and honesty don’t show up too often.
    What does pop up…Greed, lies, jealousy, xenophobia…etc.
    Many times when a Korean is caught in similar fashion, he/she would automatically claim being Chinese, or Japanese. Thank god these idiots made sure everyone who watched know that they are Korean.

  8. AC Says:
    September 16th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    @Korilla Cheaters: You can’t blame AJ, obviously he/she was trying to make a mature and intelligent comment, about the suddenness and lack of explanation in the incident. He/she really shouldn’t have ever presumed you weren’t a racist halfwit.

    Hey, keep on trolling!


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