The Great Food Truck Race

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun food show serves positive messages, some language.

Parents say

age 18+
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Kids say

age 8+
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Positive Messages

Teamwork and respect for other groups is reinforced throughout. Developing workable business plans, setting realistic goals, working hard, and having pride in what you do are themes, as is working hard to win a competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each team is made up of friends and family members from all walks of life. They're competitive, but the teams openly respect and support each other.


Occasionally arguments break out between frustrated team members; some result in brief screaming matches. One team announces rules that include punching each other in the face, but it's more funny than threatening. Minor truck accidents are also visible. Animals like live crabs are occasionally shown being killed and prepared. In one season, the death of a soldier is discussed.


The language is usually mild, but occasionally words like "hell" and "damn" are audible. Curses like "f--k" are bleeped.


iPhones and cars like Volkswagon and Toyota are visible, but the logos are not prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Sometimes alcohol (like beer) is visible at certain venues, but it is not sold from the trucks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Great Food Truck Race is a mild reality show featuring teams participating in cross-country food truck challenges in hopes of winning their own food truck business. Expect some occasional salty words ("hell," "ass"; "f--k" is bleeped) and a few brief screaming matches between frustrated teammates. This being said, the show is entertaining and positive, and sends strong messages about working hard, setting goals, and being good sports.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHigh five kid July 18, 2019

Great show with great looking food

I love this show so much. There isn’t anything iffy about it so feel free to share it with your younger friends and relatives.

What's the story?

THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE is a reality competition that gives teams of food truck rookies the chance to compete for their own mobile food business. Hosted by celebrity chef and author Tyler Florence, it features eight teams traveling to different cities across the country in state-of-the-art trucks to prepare and sell their food. During each stop the teams must face off in a "truck stop" cooking challenge, which can earn them advantages over the other competitors. Meanwhile, Florence throws in "speed bumps," or random penalties, into the mix. The food truck team that makes the least amount of money at each location must turn in their keys to the truck and go home. The overall winning team gets a major cash prize. Later seasons of the show also award the winners with an actual food truck.

Is it any good?

From Indian-themed tacos to Philadelphia cheesesteaks, the competition shows the various challenges that food truck businesses face when trying to develop a concept, establish themselves, and maintain a steady flow of customers. It underscores the importance of understanding how to buy ingredients and prepare food while maintaining a profit margin. The importance of making connections in order to find places with foot traffic and legal parking is also highlighted.

The teams are all focused on winning what amounts to a business on wheels, but this does not stop them from respecting each other or helping each other out. They also accept their losses with grace. Meanwhile, the food culture of the cities they travel to are also highlighted. Overall, it's an intense competition, but one that is both positive and entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about food shows on TV. Why are food shows so popular? Do you think shows like this inspire people to cook or try different kinds of food? Have food shows always been so popular on TV?

  • How realistic are the events featured on reality competition shows like this one? Are there any parts of these shows that seem staged?

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