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’s ESO Artisanal Pasta were among the last three teams hungry to win the $50,000 grand prize in Sunday’s penultimate episode.

“At this point, we’ve found a new life,” said Matt McFadden, who collaborates with his lifelong friend, AJ Sankofa, and Sankofa’s 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 day of the sale, as shown on "big food truck race," 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 of Vermont, 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.

“By late February, I was on a plane to California,” MacFadden joined the company in January, and 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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