The Ultimate Great Food Truck Race includes 3 NJ Pasta food truck

The Garden State loves its food trucks, but New Jersey’s biggest food truck success story of 2022 lies 3,000 miles away in California.

Six Episodes In the 15th season of Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” three young entrepreneurs from Morristown ESO Artisanal Pasta were among the last three teams hungry to win the $50,000 jackpot that will go to the penultimate episode. Sunday.

“At this point, we’ve found a new life,” said Matt McFadden, who collaborates with lifelong friend AJ Sankofa and Sankofa fiancé Kristin Gambarian on an ESO truck. “There was a bit of exhaustion in the middle [of the season] Because we were trying to figure out how to get over the hump. But once we finally started hitting our groove, it was exciting. We felt like we were heading towards the top.”

The ESO Artisanal Pasta team — chef AJ Sankofa, chef Christina Gambrian and partner Matt McFadden — shop at the grocery store on the first sale day, as shown on "big food truck racing," Fifteenth season.

ESO competes for the ultimate prize against Maybe Cheese Born With It, a mac and cheese-focused team from Toledo, Ohio, led by drag queen Sugar Vermonte, and SENOREATA, a Cuban catering company from Los Angeles. The second to final episode of “The Great Food Truck Race” will air Sundays at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.

McFadden joined the company in January, and “by late February, I was on a flight to California,” he said in an interview earlier this year. The producers of the “Great Food Truck Race” learned about ESO’s story and invited Morris’ restaurants to compete, even though small makers and retailers of fresh, upscale pasta had never run a food truck.

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