Herb & Beet’s Lance Kramer and Rachel Young were fan favorites with their teammate Andrea Chesley on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” season 5. Representing Texas on the Lone Star Chuck Wagon, they beat team after team slinging Tex-Mex & BBQ. Their hard work and killer grub took them all the way to the finale of the Tyler Florence hosted show. Here’s an excerpt from a Q&A with Executive Chef Lance Kramer:
What was your favorite stop on the race?
I really enjoyed Mobile, Alabama! I had no idea how cool Mobile was. They have a mini French quarter and every bar we went to had FREE crawfish! Just buy a beer, and you got some of the best crawfish ever. Being from Texas, I could really appreciate their southern hospitality! We also had our biggest turnout in Mobile! Our guests waited around the block, often for 2 or more hours to buy our food. Mobile will hold a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to go back and spend some quality time there!
Did you really drive across country?
Yes! We drove EVERY mile of the race! From Venice Beach to Key West, we drove it all. It was over 3,000 miles. It was super tiring, but very cool to see the country. One of us would drive the truck, and the other two would be in the follow car. We’d usually leave our hotels at 5 or 6am, and crank up Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again!”
What was the hardest part of the show?
Getting up in the morning! Our days were 14-16 hours long everyday for 8 weeks. So the 5am call time felt earlier and earlier every day. But that made it all the more rewarding.
Was the show real or scripted?
I get asked this a lot, and I’m happy to say it’s all real! We really did all those things, and were really put into all those situations. The Food Network works hard to maintain an honest, fair competition, and everything was ran with that in mind. I even asked a stunt double, but they said I had to do everything myself.
What happened in the finale?
Unfortunately we fell short. But I’m super proud of my team. I’m incredibly lucky to travel across the country with my wife Rachel and our good friend Andrea. We all worked our butts off, and I couldn’t be prouder. My hat’s off to the Middle Feast who beat us in the final city of Key West. They have a successful food truck business in Los Angeles, and I’m incredibly happy for them.
The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5 can be streamed on Hulu and reruns appear on The Food Network.