The Great Food Truck Race brings contestants from all around the globe. We were curious to learn more about the trio (Hayley, Skye and Jaz) behind team Barbie Babes and how they brought their Aussie charm to the competition.
FP: We love the concept of Barbie Babes as a mobile catering company. How do the three of you know each other? How did the concept evolve?
Hayley: Aussies tend to gravitate to one another outside of Australia so meeting each other is pretty easy. I met Skye through a friend the day after she arrived in LA and Jaz came to me looking for a gig on a reel I was producing.
FP: Tell us about your experience on the Great Food Truck Race. What was it like to compete with the other food trucks? Looking back would have you done anything different?
Hayley: TGFTR experience was incredibly fun and but oh so exhausting. There are so many little things that go into creating not only a TV show but setting up and operating a food truck for real. Just getting those trucks ready each day at the commissary was hard especially when all the teams were rushing to get out to the streets as quickly as possible. We tended to sit back and wait for the teams to get ready but it meant we were always last to leave. Hence the reason we didn’t last long in the race.
FP: What will you remember most about the experience?
Hayley: Just how fun it was to be part of it all. The second the race started everyone was just on. There was no stop button. No matter how tiring each day was our adrenalin kept us going. I’ll always be thankful for what I learned being on a food truck and the new friends I’ve made from this experience.
Skye: I really enjoyed learning on the go, being open to whatever was thrown at you and the sense of adventure everyone shared. It was like a massive foodie circus road trip!
FP: The show looks exhausting but thrilling! Must have been a great experience.
Besides Barbie Babes, what is currently keeping you busy?
Hayley: When I’m not working on my Barbie Babes business plan I’m working behind the scenes on TV shows. I worked as a TV host in Australia and these days I’m often producing on various shows. Right now though I’m all about BBQ!!
FP: What are some of your favorite meals to prepare when you are home? If you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in LA or other cities you’ve visited.
Hayley: Even though my business is BBQ’ing I’ll always be munching on something green! I love kale and being creative with how I incorporate it into my daily life. I’m huge lover of Asian cuisine – from India to Japan! I especially love fun foodie experiences like Shabu Shabu, Teppanyaki, Dim Sum and Korean style BBQ.
Skye: My husband and I love to cook on our mini barbie at home in San Diego…mainly fish and grilled veggies. I also make some mean Indian Dahl and curries. When it comes to eating out I have to say a couple of faves that come to mind are Georges at La Jolla Cove – the view and seafood there is amazing and they have a well rounded wine list, JRDN at Pacific Beach for the sexy style and elegant eats. In LA, I adore Inn of the Seventh Ray for brunch. You can feel the love that’s gone into the food. I am also a massive fan of the little Pho joint on Sunset in Silverlake mysteriously named “Pho”.
FP: What are some of your guilty pleasures (if any)? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name 🙂
Hayley: I don’t really have a sweet tooth and my guilty pleasures are pretty simple and I almost feel like my taste buds are boring. I have loved hot chips with salt and vinegar since I was a kid and they are my absolute weakness. I’ll never pass up a cheese platter with brie and full-flavored cheeses like Manchego, aged gouda, and cheddar, a bottle of red wine and a warm crusty baguette. And whenever I’m out for brekkie (that’s breakfast for you folk) for sheer indulgence I’ll never pass up smoked salmon eggs benedict!
FP: Neither of us would pass up a salmon eggs benedict either!
Skye: For me guilty pleasures usually have to have a cinematic scene to accompany them (I am a bit of a sensory whore)…. like gorging on fresh macaroons at the farmers market in Sarlat, France or old school fish ‘n chips with an icy cold beer on the beach in Australia or eating a fantastic curry with your hands at the base of the Himalayas in India. Travel and food = bliss for me.
FP: We agree, it’s great to find new food experiences while traveling.
Name any three individuals you would invite over for dinner and why.
Hayley: Richard Branson – To talk business and entrepreneurship
Deepak Chopra – To talk health, natural medicine, healing and nurturing foods
Oprah Winfrey – To talk love, people, friends, life, spirituality and good girl gossip!!
FP: That would be a memorable dinner for sure!
In three words, how would your friends/family describe you?
Hayley: Ambitious, fun and adventurous
FP: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to start a food truck?
Hayley: Work on a food truck that’s already operating and really know it inside and out before getting one and hitting the road!
FP: That’s great advice! Thank you so much for your time. We can’t wait to see what other Aussie treats Barbie Babes has in store.
To learn more about Barbie Babes and check out their menu, visit http://www.barbie-babes.com/