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

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.