Maurice "Mo" McQueen, Ahren Samuel and Darrell Smith will roll into Rapid City this weekend in their food truck, dubbed The Slide Show, for the South Dakota portion of Season 4 of the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race."
Arriving today, May 30, and open for business Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, at downtown's Main Street Square, the contestants — and their opponents in their trucks — will compete in various obstacles and challenges and will be making their specialties using locally produced ingredients.
Prohibited by the contractual obligations of the show from disclosing much about the program before it airs, Smith was engaging about his food and his chances in a brief cellphone interview Tuesday from the road in Idaho.
"We make gourmet sliders," he said, "and will be using other local ingredients, too, such as rhubarb ..."
Each week during the six-week-long challenge, the contestants who total the least amount of sales are eliminated and the winners move on to the next city.
"We started in San Francisco, then Portland," Smith said, "now Idaho (and then) South Dakota."
The winning team will receive a $50,000 prize and their state-of-the-art food truck.
"That's the name of the game," said Smith, who hails from Michigan, as does McQueen, but who now resides in Los Angeles. "I had a restaurant and I couldn't keep up with the capital (demands). The food truck would allow me to keep my overhead low."
Season 3 of the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race," hosted by chef Tyler Florence, wrapped up Sept. 30, 2012, with the winning team, Seoul Sausage from Los Angeles, defeating Nonna’s Kitchenette from Parsippany, N.J., by a mere $103.
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