Food Court Wars

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  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.4  (49)

Food Court Wars was a cooking competition show that aired on Food Network in 2012. The show was hosted by Tyler Florence, a celebrity chef and restaurateur, who was also one of the judges, alongside Shawn McDonald, a marketing specialist in the food industry, and Yoni Reinharz, a professional food consultant.

The show followed two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs as they competed for the chance to open their own restaurant in a shopping mall food court. Each team consisted of two people, who had to work together to create a unique and marketable menu, design their restaurant, and pitch their concept to the judges.

The competition was divided into several rounds. In the first round, the teams had to create a signature dish that represented their concept and style of cooking. The judges tasted the dishes and gave feedback on the taste, presentation, and feasibility of the menu. The winning team was awarded an advantage for the next round.

In the second round, the teams had to design and decorate their restaurant in a limited amount of time, using a budget provided by the show. They had to create a visually appealing and functional space that would attract customers and showcase their brand. The judges evaluated the restaurant based on the design, layout, and overall ambiance.

In the third round, the teams had to operate their restaurant for a day and serve customers, using their signature dish and other items from their menu. The judges evaluated the quality of the food, the speed of service, and the customer experience. The team that earned the most profit was declared the winner and awarded the opportunity to open their restaurant in the food court.

Throughout the competition, the teams faced various challenges and obstacles, such as limited resources, time constraints, and unexpected events. They had to demonstrate their creativity, teamwork, and resilience in order to succeed. The judges provided feedback, advice, and support, but ultimately the teams had to make their own decisions and take risks.

The show highlighted the diverse and dynamic food culture in America, featuring a range of cuisines, flavors, and cooking techniques. The teams brought their personal backgrounds, skills, and passions into their menus, creating fusion dishes, comfort foods, and healthy options. The show also emphasized the importance of branding, marketing, and customer service in the restaurant industry.

Food Court Wars was an entertaining and educational show that combined cooking, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. It provided a platform for aspiring food entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and pursue their dreams in a competitive environment. The show inspired viewers to explore new tastes, support local businesses, and appreciate the hard work and creativity behind every dish.

Food Court Wars is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on December 29, 2013.

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Gourmet Dogs vs. Grand Grillin
13. Gourmet Dogs vs. Grand Grillin
May 29, 2014
Mark's Gourmet Dogs battles Grand Grillin for their own food court restaurant in Lansing, Michigan.
J's Kitchen vs. Kadook's
12. J's Kitchen vs. Kadook's
May 22, 2014
J's Kitchen battles Kadook's for the title of best food court restaurant.
Ophelia's vs. Ms. Ney's Gourmet
11. Ophelia's vs. Ms. Ney's Gourmet
May 15, 2014
A mother and daughter duo compete with best friends in Plano, Texas.
Sabor de San Miguel vs. Ramen Bar
10. Sabor de San Miguel vs. Ramen Bar
May 4, 2014
Brother and sister Juliano and Noris dream of taking their Guatemalan family recipes to a wider market. Best friends Holly and David hope their concept, Ramen Bar, will allow them to follow their dreams of owning a restaurant.
International vs. Sensational
9. International vs. Sensational
April 20, 2014
Michael and Lem are brothers that hope to bring their burgers to the food court and dream of the lifestyle it could bring to their families.
Submarino's vs. Molly's Kitchen
8. Submarino's vs. Molly's Kitchen
April 13, 2014
The owners of a family-run sub food truck compete with friends who love comfort food in Logan, UT.
Bistro vs. Southern Traditions
7. Bistro vs. Southern Traditions
April 6, 2014
The owners of Bistro to Go compete with the owners of Southern Traditions for their own food court restaurant.
Gaufre Gourmet vs. Pressed
6. Gaufre Gourmet vs. Pressed
March 30, 2014
The owners of a waffle-themed food truck compete with the owners of a sandwich-based concept for their own food court restaurant.
Sliders vs. Gravy Train
5. Sliders vs. Gravy Train
March 23, 2014
The owners of a gastropub and a neighborhood restaurant compete for their own food court restaurant in Lewisville, TX.
The Mayobird vs. Wingzza
4. The Mayobird vs. Wingzza
March 16, 2014
Two teams of food truck owners compete for their own food court restaurant.
Brunchaholics vs. Modern Southern Table
3. Brunchaholics vs. Modern Southern Table
March 9, 2014
Sisters Gabbie and Audriana want to turn their passion for breakfast food into their own restaurant. Best friends Sadaya and Maiya want to turn their Southern-style catering company into a full-time career.
Fat Shallot vs. Glutton Force 5
2. Fat Shallot vs. Glutton Force 5
March 2, 2014
Two teams of Chicago food truck owners compete for their own food court restaurant.
Hot Dogs vs. Beignets
1. Hot Dogs vs. Beignets
February 23, 2014
Two teams compete for their own food court restaurant in Traverse City, Mich.
Where to Watch Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Food Court Wars on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Food Network, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 29, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (49)