Students compete in Food Truck Challenge
Students in Lewann Alexander’s Family Consumer Science classes came up with ideas for food trucks and prepared sample dishes for a panel of five judges.
The students worked on the project for a couple of weeks and had 15 minutes at the beginning of class to mix, heat up, and prepare their foods.
The possibilities weren’t endless, but there was a wide variety of food available.
There was Mexican food and milkshakes. Hawaiian food and donuts. Walking-around food, pizza, breakfast food, crepes, waffles, snacks, coffee, and even chicken and waffles.
The judges didn’t just evaluate the tastes and smells – every aspect of the presentation was figured in.
Some of the food trucks were highly sophisticated – although none were street legal. Some had lights, one had music, most had service windows or doors. One was made of wood.
One had a cow riding on the roof. Another featured a comic strip. The stars of the Breakfast Club could be seen working in the Breakfast Bus and its owner/operators dressed the parts.
There were full-color, laminated menus, clever slogans and catch-phrases, and bright colors.
Each group of one to five students gave a presentation about their truck, their food, and the work that made those things realities.
One presented each judge with a lei.
One group went to the trouble of buying glasses and painting black spots on them to match their cow theme.
El Toro, with headquarters in Burbank, Calif., according to the menu, took home first place overall.
The menu featured ‘bulled pork’ sandwiches.
The detailed truck had a clear substance for its windows, authentic decorations, and a fancy menu. And, it was playing music.
The judges – Marcy Stanton, Scott Alexander, Jason Fisher, Kellie Goldthwaite, and Brian Ferry – were impressed by the originality and the effort put into the trucks by the students.