The Great Food Truck Race Finale came down to two very different teams: Grill ‘Em All burgers and Nom Nom banh mi. The Vietnamese Nom Nom truck had been invincible up to this point, winning every city that they had competed in. In their final destination, the competition would be fierce.
The task: make their way through all five boroughs of New York City. As soon as they make $500 at each one, they can move on to the next one, beginning with the Bronx and ending in Manhattan. Once they make it to Manhattan, they have to make $1,000 before meeting Tyler Florence at the top of the Flat Iron Building. The first one to the top wins the competition and $50,000.
Grill ‘Em All started strong in the Bronx while the Nom Nom truck struggled miserably. The burger boys were the first ones to Queens and then on to Brooklyn, well ahead of the game. In fact, they left Brooklyn en route to Staten Island, just as the Nom Noms arrived in Brooklyn. In other words, Grill ‘Em All was ahead by one borough. To further the lead, they breezed through Staten Island while the Nom Noms tried to wrap up Brooklyn.
The burger team thought they had a win in the bag once they hit Manhattan. But, as with every episode, Tyler interrupted the progress with his announcement of the last truck stop. Each group had to make the other team’s specialty. The winning team would win $500 towards their final tally.
With Nate Appleman, a James Beard winner, as the celebrity judge, the Nom Noms were put back in the game by winning for their Asian inspired hamburger. With their truck stop win, they were able to skip Staten Island and head straight to Manhattan. The two teams were now head-to-head.
With a race to the finish line, Grill ‘Em All was the first team to reach Tyler Florence, making them the ultimate winners! It was a true disappointment for the Nom Nom team, but Tyler said it best when he mentioned that they had won every single city except the one that counted.
I expected the Vietnamese team to do better in the Big Apple, considering the varied culinary tastes of its residents. But, I guess it just proves that burgers are the all-American food that nobody can resist. It was nice to see the underdogs win! Congratulations, Grill ‘Em All!