With Austin being the number one city in America for startups, what better way to grow your aspiring Austin food business than starring in Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast. Representing the Capital City this season is Bachelor Kitchen, a trio of aspiring Austin chefs.
Originally from Minnesota, brothers Stephan and John Nicklow partnered with friend Billy Jenney to create the team. And we can’t forget about honorary member, Pistachio, the team’s stuffed toy pig that travels with them during their journey.
“From a young age, when Stephan wasn’t at one of his family’s restaurants, he was in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother learning how to cook," Food Network shares. "Along with his brother, John, and his best friend, Billy, these Texas natives are bringing their favorite Tex-Mex recipes to the Gold Coast.”
Bachelor Kitchen will take on seven teams of aspiring food truck owners in the series’ 12th season, featuring six episodes of actioned-packed challenges. Each episode is hosted in a new city as teams try to outsell their competition for a chance to win $50,000.
The race commences in Los Angeles, where chef Tyler Florence challenges the teams to sell luxury versions of traditional food truck cuisine. As the teams make their way along the California coast throughout the season, they'll be challenged to cook everything from "private plane hors d’oevres to champagne-infused dishes," hoping their skills will keep them from elimination.
An article published by Desert Sun followed Bachelor Kitchen throughout their challenge in Palm Springs last summer. In this episode, teams must choose salad staples and then board a tram car to prepare the dish. The salad has to be finished by the time the car reaches the top of the mountain. The moving car and increasing heights prove to be true obstacles.
After making it to the top, Bachelor Kitchen’s salad is presented featuring ahi tuna, arugula, spring mix, grapefruit, and a variety of other spices and ingredients.
“I actually had more stuff I wanted to put in the salad, but I had to say no to it because making it look presentable was more important than getting all the ingredients," said Nicklow.
The series finale then brings the teams full circle, finishing off the race back in the city of angels. Florence takes the teams to a winery where the two teams go head to head, competing for the opportunity to win the grand prize.
Cheer on Bachelor Kitchen in the series premiere on Thursday, March 26, at 9 pm ET/PT on Food Network.