Minnesota contestants compete on Food Network's Food Court Wars this August
From home cooks to head chefs, there's nothing off limits for the food-loving producers at the Food Network. Although you'd be hard-pressed to find someone that calls chowing on a food-court Big Mac fine dining, the Food Network sees mall eateries as opportunities for culinary greatness on par with the current food truck craze. This summer, a new show hosted by Tyler Florence brings the glamorous cooking competition action all the way to the Burnsville Mall.
Food Court Wars pits two teams against each other in the fight for a one-year, rent-free spot at the mall food court where they're competing. Contestants have two days to come up with menus and plans to market their goods to shoppers before their final test: a whole day of sales during mall hours. The team that earns the most money gets to set up shop in the mall right away.
Here's a sneak peak at the two pairs of chefs vying for the bragging rights in Burnsville:
Siblings Aaron Skoglund and Kirsten Shabaz take classic, American hot dogs and give them an Indian spin to create their dream restaurant Slum Dogz.
Neighbors Yoni Reinharz and Tomme Beevas bring spiced-up Jamaican cuisine to the table, with jerk-everything at their joint effort on the show, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen.
Catch the battle between Slum Dogz and Pimento Jamaican Kitchen for the Burnsville Mall food court restaurant on Sunday, August 4, on Food Network at 7 p.m.
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