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The Art Institutes Food Truck Battle Tour!

Posted by on September 10, 2012

This past weekend I was invited out to the Art Institutes in Santa Monica to watch a food truck battle.  The contenders included the Art Institutes Culinary Team (which included 2 students in the Culinary Arts program at the Institute) against the well known “India Jones” Food Truck.


The previous week the AI Food Truck was in the Inland Empire where they took on the food truck, “Truck Norris.”  The AI Food Truck won out in that competition.

Right before the competition commenced both teams were called over where the secret ingredient was to be revealed:

The secret ingredient: KIWI

The teams then took to their trucks where they then had 30 minutes to come up with a recipe that included the secret ingredient.  A recipe that would bring out the flavors of kiwi, and a recipe that was innovative and well thought out.

First I checked in on India Jones to see what they were up to.

And then I headed on over to the AI Food Truck to check in on what they were up to:

The secret ingredient they added to make their “recipe” cold.

They were definitely hard at work.

But it looks like India Jones finished their recipes first, and was headed to the judges table.

But AI wasn’t far behind.  Both of the dishes can be seen here.  The AI Food Truck came up with their recipe “Kiwi Sorbet.”  And India Jones had 3 different recipes which included kiwi in all of them: A salad mixed with kiwi, a lackee kiwi (yogurt drink) and a chicken kiwi wrap mixed with chutney.  I was quite impressed with the innovation from both teams.

We watched as the judges tried out the recipes.  This was them talking with India Jones on their creations.  Jesse from the Lime Truck and Sky from the Sky Gourmet (CEO and Founder of Sky’s Gourmet Food Truck.)  Both of these two have been on “The Great American Food Truck Race.”

But in the end, there could only be one winner:

A big congrats goes out to the AI Food Truck Culinary Team on their win during this challenge.  That makes them 2 for 2.  There are still 2 other locations the Food Truck Battle will be happening at:

Cooking Battle – September 13, 2012

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

3601 W. Sunflower Avenue

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Cooking Battle – September 22, 2012

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

7650 Mission Valley Road

San Diego, CA 92108

An hour prior to the battle beginning you were able to try out food from the AI Food Truck and the other food trucks who are at the location.  At the Santa Monica Location they included: India Jones, Sky Gourmet Food Truck, and The Fry Truck (I tried their Apple Fries, and let me tell you, yum yum yum.

This is what the AI Food Truck was serving prior to the competition.  A Koffdog, Sweet Corned with Candied Bacon Soup, and a pulled BBQ Duck Slider.  I couldn’t pick a favorite of the three.  And the combination plate only cost me 10 dollars.

So stop by one of the future locations, and enjoy the competition.  Word on the street is that Jesse from the Lime Truck will be competing against the AI Food Truck on the 13th in Orange County.

Disclosure: I was invited out to witness the competition, and I was allowed inside the food trucks to capture the action taking place.  I paid for all food tried at this competition.  All opinions are my own.



8 Responses to The Art Institutes Food Truck Battle Tour!

  1. TheFashionistachic

    You are in Los Angeles living the life. Thanks for the info on the food truck battle, I may attend one if time permits.
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  2. Alexis Grace

    That looks like a fun event!!! I would love attending something like this (esp with kiwi- LOVE it)….
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  3. Lisa D.B. Taylor

    What fun! {Wish I were asked to such things – I’m excellent at eating lol} Lovely write-up and photos!
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  4. Sharon

    Food trucks! There was a time when I was very cautious about those things. I use to be deathly afraid of getting sick or something. Now I see those are the way to go.
    I have never had apple fries and now I am sitting here thinking to myself, I need to find me some.
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  5. Holly (Woman Tribune)

    The food truck battle looks like a really exciting thing to be a part of. It’s awesome that you were able to sample the food truck food, too!
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    • Jamie

      it was a ton of fun, and it was so awesome both trucks allowed us to go inside and take pics on the inside. I was impressed with how clean the India Jones truck was!

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