The Great Food Truck Race Finale: Outtakes From The Cutting Room Floor

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Tyler Florence hosts The Great Food Truck Race
Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race Season Two finale aired last night, pitting Hodge Podge Truck against The Lime Truck for a briefcase full of cash ($100,000 to be exact) and bragging rights as the greatest food truck.

Though the trucks were filmed during a daring four-day stint in Miami, the footage was whittled down to one hour, including commercials. The show was also heavily edited, so that some scenes were out of sequence. Here are the four best scenes left on the cutting room floor:

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Laine Doss
4. Little Havana Police Drama

On the Saturday evening of filming, show producers gave each truck a roadblock to Little Havana. Both trucks headed over to Versailles Restaurant where some of the funniest footage was filmed, starring one star-struck Miami police officer.

Hodge Podge truck was parked in a taxi zone and two police officers came over to have Chris Hodgson move his truck. After some negotiation (and the offer of being on television), the police officer not only consented to have his likeness used on tape (we saw him sign a release form), but he did an additional "take" for the camera, telling the Hodge Podge team they had to move their truck.

The police officer then not only got into his car and directed the food truck to park at a legal location a few blocks down, but he radioed in to have a young (and burly) officer watch the truck for the next hour until the operation was shut down for the evening by the producers.

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Laine Doss
Lime friends and family flew in from California.
3. Tobacco Road, food trucks and Lime groupies

On Saturday afternoon, Hodge Podge was at a food truck roundup at Tobacco Road. On the scene were Miami trucks Latin Burger, The Fish Box, Dim Ssam a GoGo and gastroPod. There was speculation that the Miami food trucks were giving an unfair advantage to Chris Hodges and Hodge Podge truck by allowing the truck at roundups.

What many people didn't realize was that Lime had a group of about 20 friends and family fly in from California to bring an instant crowd and guaranty sales.

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Gloria
Gloria

I was there when the cop blew his siren and gave the escort. Sooo funny! Wished it was on TV

Tonyh
Tonyh

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Hi,Thanks for sharing this news I heard several times about food truck race and I read your complete article. Your article is very interesting hoping that you will come soon with such great post about trucks.

Emma
Emma

Wasn't 20 people who flew in...more like 10. And lets say it was 20 who flew in, how could that tip the scale when Hodge had access to the huge round-ups? Seriously people! Stop crying! Hodge had the all around advantage and they lost.

Gloria Vega
Gloria Vega

Loved the fact that when the trucks were in Little Havanna, the owners of the food trucks that were giving Hodge all the advantages and excluding The Lime Truck out of every event came to eat at The Lime Truck.

Even heard them say that it was one of the best things they had ever eaten.

Michelle Lau Reynoso
Michelle Lau Reynoso

Emma: Agree! 

What this blogger didn't know was I was getting harassed via direct message from the Miami Trucks. They didn't like my overzealous tweeting and made very rude comments on how they were going to help Hodge take it all.  They blantently said they will do anything for Hodge to win... that included blocking Lime from the "good" venues, and making sure no one was helping Lime.

May I also remind everyone that after the stupid Korilla screw up, all the trucks were watched carefully to make sure the sales and all transactions were legit.  The TV show may have edited the show (and out of sequence) but the outcome still came out the same... and not because 10 people from the OC came to eat. 

Gloria Vega
Gloria Vega

Just would like to point out, The picture you have of the "Lime friends and family flew in from California"...those are production crew people for both food trucks.

Gloria Vega
Gloria Vega

Just would like to point out, The picture you have of the "Lime friends and family flew in from California"...those are production crew people for both food trucks.

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Gloria:  Yes there are some production crew - but there are also Lime Truck friends in that photo, as well.

Gloria Vega
Gloria Vega

Yes, The people on the reft are production crew. The people on the right are Miami locals that followed The Lime Truck from Coconut Grove where the truck was parked before they were sent to Little Havana.

Michelle Lau Reynoso
Michelle Lau Reynoso

For the record, the 20 fans were not all from the OC, and we all paid our own way to get to Miami.  I personally got my ticket before I knew it was Lime, and took the gamble it would be Lime (and it was.. whew).  We used our own money, paid for our own way, and used twitter to get all the clues like everyone else.  The Lime Truck did not know we were coming in.

Also 20 of us "fans" may have provided guarantee sales, but it was no way enough to compete with the other Miami food trucks who were blatently pulling their fans for the Hodge Podge. Yes, without the "OC Fans" that would have been an unfair advantage to the Lime Truck against Hodge (and "Truck Friends"). I guess Hodge and his "truck" friends underestimated the power of Twitter and hungry foodies. :)

I posted my timeline at lookingforfoodtrucks.com

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Hi Michelle:

I didn't say that the Lime Truck flew in friends - I just pointed out that friends flew in.  Which, by the way was totally within the boundaries of the rules of the game.

Hlboudon
Hlboudon

We were surprised that they showed nothing from the event at Tobacco Road.  At one point Chris Hodge was up on his truck dancing.

LexKyUSA
LexKyUSA

From one Brockman to another (Jesse Brockman) congratulations to you and the Lime truck team on your win.

Tonyh
Tonyh

Join 640 Sports and the Gourmet Food Trucks this saturday Oct.1,2011  from 12pm - 6pm at Audi Of Pembroke Pines at 15000 Sheridan Street. 640 Sports will be featuring up to 15 trucks offering gourmet goodies ranging from Fish and Desert delights to grilled cheese and burritos. Guests could check out the latest AUDI models and jam to the tunes of ISPDJ.COM and enjoy a live Sports Broadcast on 640 Am from 12pm - 3pm with Dolphin great Troy Stradford. 

Valerie
Valerie

Did you watch the final last night?  Congrats to The Lime Truck, and Orange County favorite.  We have some photos from their official finale party posted.  What a great show!

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