Winning Feast

As with every season of Great Food Truck Race, we watched teams display teamwork, Tyler Florence give interesting curveballs and most importantly, learned about delicious food truck concepts. The season finale came down to the BBQ style of Lone Star Chuck Wagon and Israeli home-cooking from the Middle Feast team. It was a close contest, and Middle Feast prevailed as the winner. We caught up with Tommy Marudi from the winning team to learn more about him and his team’s experience on the show.

Team Middle Feast: Arkadi Kluger, Tommy Marudi and Hilda Marudi (L-R). Picture courtesy of Food Network.
Team Middle Feast: Arkadi Kluger, Tommy Marudi and Hilda Marudi (L-R). Picture courtesy of Food Network.

FP: Congrats on winning the Great Food Truck Race! We love the concept of your food truck on the show. How did the idea come about?

TM: We thought that Israeli street food with a twist would be a perfect concept for a food truck. Since we all grew up on that food we wanted to bring our special flavours and spices to the streets of America.

FP: Food truck fans are glad you followed your dreams!

Tell us about your experience on the show. 

TM: Our experience on the show was beyond awesome…. one of the craziest things we have done in our lives. It was also one of the hardest things we have done. It’s not easy with all the pressure of the competition and being away from my daughter for so long.

FP: What was it like to compete with the other food trucks?

TM: We met really cool people on the show and became very close with the other teams. It’s insane, it’s fast and it gives you a real push to the business world. We learned a lot from the show and from Tyler.

FP: Besides winning, what will you remember most about the experience?

TM: It really amazed us how people were so open-minded and curious about our food and culture. We will never forget all love that we received on the road.

FP: Besides Middle Feast, what keeps you busy? What are some of your non-food related interests?

TM: We are mostly busy now with building our brand new business and exploring the wonderful world of the food truck industry.

When I’m not doing that, I love spending time with my daughter. She loves animals (we have 2 rescue dogs) so I take her to explore nature when we have free time.

FP: What are some of your favorite meals to prepare when you are home?

TM: Honestly my wife does most of the cooking at home. She is a great cook and I learned a lot from her. We love to try different things in the kitchen and some of my favorite dishes include musaka (stuffed eggplant), shakshuka and we also make up recipes on our free time which you can check out on our blog middlefeastfoodtruck.com.

FP: We’ll definitely check out the recipes! 

If you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in Los Angeles, CA or other cities you’ve visited.

TM: There are lot of great known restaurants in LA and the food scene here is great. There are also small restaurants that I recommend like Toast Cafe in Sherman Oaks or the Pita Kitchen in Van Nuys.

FP: What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name 🙂

TM: I really love meat- any kind, anytime….oh and candy too, especially gummi bears lol

FP: Will fans of the show see a Middle Feast Truck cruising the streets in the near future? 

TM: : We are now working on the final steps of getting our truck up and ready. You will see the feast beast on the streets of LA very soon. You can follow us, check out our locations and events online on Facebook, Twitter @midfeasttruck, and our website.

FP: Thank you so much for your time. We wish you the best of luck with your food truck!


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