Popular Raleigh food truck Pho Nomenal Dumplings is competing on the new season of “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network.
The Pho Nomenal Dumplings truck, run by Sophia Woo, Sunny Lin and Becca Plumlee, specializes in pho soups, noodle dishes, dumplings and sandwiches (like the amazing sounding Cheerwine Bulgogi Sloppy Joe).
“The Great Food Truck Race,” hosted by Tyler Florence, starts the season in Santa Monica, Calif., where the competitors have to sell $200 of their signature dish on the Santa Monica Pier. Then they’re off – down historic Route 66 – to Lake Havasu, Ariz., for their first Truck Stop Challenge: each group must come up with their own take on “fish and chips” and the first group to sell 20 orders wins cash. One team will be eliminated.
The other competitors this season are: Diso’s Italian Sandwich Society (Brooklyn); GD Bro Truck (Orange Country, Calif.); Postcards (Los Angeles); Spice It Up (Phoenix); The Guava Tree Truck (Dallas); and Waffle Love (Provo, Utah).
Over the course of the season, the surviving teams will travel Route 66 for competitions in Flagstaff and Sedona, Ariz.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Amarillo, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; St. Louis; Springfield, Ill.; and finally Chicago, where the six-episode show has its finale.
The winning truck gets a $50,000 prize.
It all starts Sunday night at 9 p.m. on the Food Network (stick around at 10 to see Durham chef Paul Inserra of the American Meltdown food truck compete on Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”).