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Food Court Wars; did anybody watch?

Tyler Florence hosted this contest between two couples vying for a chance to win the use of their custom food court restaurant rent free for 1 year which was worth 100k. The younger couple, specializing in Po'Boys, won the contest by a mere $29.00 but, for some reason, they were unable to open their restaurant. Two weeks later, Tyler awarded the prize to the other couple who happened to be senior citizens. Their specialty was tamales. We were pulling for them to win, so the ending was quite gratifying.

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  1. oh, interesting - i figured it would be some long drawn out competition - done in one episode, huh? how refreshing. ;)

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Yea, I also thought it was a series rather than a one time deal.

    2. I did. Glad they won but overall it was kind of just meh. I thought it was going to be a drawn out competition like food truck wars was, but when I saw there were only 2 teams that went out the window.

      1. This is not the first season of this show, is it?

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          Yes, it is.

          As a friend said tonight, 'my thought was Tyler walking up to the old couple's house saying "You know that prize we thought was so great? Well, the other people didn't want it so you're stuck with it,' kind of sums up how I feel about this show after week one. Will give it one more try.

          Two teams/week just seems kind of weird.

          1. re: nikkihwood

            I didn't know they'd squeaked more than one episode out. Last I heard they almost cancelled the project for lack of suitable contestants.

            1. re: nikkihwood

              Apparently the po'boys couple didn't want to relocate 3 hours away from home to open the food court restaurant (according to what the woman reportedly tweeted). Makes me think they really had no intention of accepting the prize to begin with and were just using the show for exposure/publicity.

            2. I thought the whole thing was weird as well. Tyler Florence occurs for me as a little stiff and uncomfortable.

              I guess every week they will have talked some local mall into giving away a food court space for the winning contestant. Sigh.

              I was glad the older couple get their dream. Seemed like really nice people. I hope it works out for them.

              What was with the outfits the other woman wore in every shot every day? T-shirts with the necks cut off and pulled off her shoulders so her black bra straps were revealed. And the odd kerchief-thing she kept tied around her head. Trendy? Personal style? Sexy? I kept watching that instead of what they were doing.

              1. I gave up watching 1/2 way through--just didn't hold my attention, altho' I was rooting for the older couple. Glad they won, even if the 2nd choice.

                1. I would like to know why the original winning team was unable to open their restaurant.

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                  1. re: Atomic76

                    They claim they didn't want to relocate 3 hours from where they lived.


                    So why did they even sign up to compete? Unless it was all just for the publicity and getting on tv...

                    "Lipe, in a Facebook post, explained they decided not to move to Meridian for a food court restaurant, that they’d like to open one closer to home and that the Jordans would be better suited for that environment."


                  2. I watched the episode where it was Michigan comfort food vs the wraps ladies. I actually really liked the wrap concept and especially the fact that they make their own dressings. That would be a big plus for me in deciding whether or not to go in.

                    1. I just discovered reruns of this show in the last few weeks. It's entertaining, and I like that 1 competition in 1 hours format. This weekend, I caught the Po'Boy/tamale episode and went searching for the reason they didn't take the prize--how crappy! I have to assume publicity is the reason. I'm glad the older couple got it. I hope they succeed!

                      1. I just saw what I guess was a re-run of this episode over the weekend. I didn't watch the entire thing, didn't hold my attention, but I was sure the older couple was going to win based on all the bad reviews the tough toast on the sandwiches.

                        Sadly I don't think the older couple will be able to handle a daily food court type pace of environment, but I do wish them all the best.

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                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          That was my concern about the older couple as well. Hopefully, they know some reliable younger folks they can employ.