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Austin Chef Says Farewell to Food Network; Food Truck Gears Up For New Competition

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Austin chef Brad Sorenson says goodbye to The Next Food Network Star
Austin chef Brad Sorenson says goodbye to The Next Food Network Star

I think we all shed a little tear along with judge Susie Fogelson when local chef , Brad Sorenson, was shockingly sent home on last night’s episode of  The Next Food Network Star competition. Although he finally had nailed down a show concept, his ‘surf-and-turf’ (although he hated to call it that) failed to impress. Apparently the fact that he is still working at ASTI Trattoria here in Austin was not simply a cover until his successful win was announced. No worries, Brad. I have a feeling that a cuteness monster like you will still find national acclaim somehow. Until then, be prepared for fawning young women to fill the tables at your restaurant. [Not that I would ever think of doing that, of course.]

We haven’t seen the last of hometown favorites on The Food Network this summer, however. On August 15 comes the premiere of The Great Food Truck Race, featuring Austin late-night sandwich truck Austin Daily Press. This new culinary competition will pit seven food trucks (all but our Austinites are from California) against one another in a six-week, six-city competition for a $50,000 prize.

Austin Daily Press not your favorite food truck? The Food Network is sponsoring a viewer competition to nominate your favorite food truck and win a chance to attend NYC’s Food & Wine Festival. Click here to nominate the trailer food you crave (Torchy’s anyone?) by August 22, 2010.