I've been following a few of the teams on Instagram, and now dislike the leader of Sol Collective more than I did on the show, where I found her annoying but harmless, and like Darren(Derrick?) Darrell from Nola Creations even more.
Sol's leader used to, or maybe still does, work at O Magazine and someone asked her, actually that person kind of implied, that she cooked for Oprah and she clarified that she worked for the magazine not as a personal chef for Oprah. The way she did it was pretty arrogant and bitchy. It was completely and unnecessarily rude and she must have realized it because she deleted it. So, I didn't really hold it against her; sometimes things come across worse than intended. But, I ended up unfollowing their truck account (I didn't follow them personally) because I found her too annoying and a bit judgmental. She was very appreciative of the other teams helping her out when she was alone, though.
There is very good vegan food yet none of the cooking shows ever seem to show it. I don't know if it's the time restrictions or something else, but they never make it far serving vegan or vegetarian food on any of the competition shows.
Deciding to not utilize animal products is what I would expect from a vegan business but turning to the tarot cards came across as stupid. You're a vegan truck, that's all there is to say. Then, "We will use cashew in place of cheese and no one will even know!" Yes, they will. Maybe not that it is cashew but it is not cheese. In fact, I don't know anyone who can't taste the difference. Then, they claimed "Barbecue isn't the meat, it's the sauce," and that's blasphemy. They did get one woman to say she likes eating healthy sometimes as she walked away with the chickpea burrito but otherwise, I think that challenge put them at a serious disadvantage for the area. My sympathies have been seriously strained, though.
Darrell from Nola Creations seems to come across on the show as a hardass. When it's time to compete, it's time to compete. He's pretty funny and laid back on Instagram for the truck (again I don't follow him personally.) For example, he joked with the Brunch Babes that he was going to start a food truck called Brunch Boys and their uniforms were going to be speedos. The Madea truck family were doing something with their church and they all reposted it, but he made a very gracious comment to them as part of the repost. Their truck has many more followers than the Madea truck and it looked like he reposted it on his personal account, too. I think he is different when he's not focused on his work, which he takes extremely seriously.
The Madea Food Truck couple had their first grandchild born while they were on the race. There was a comment that made me think it was the person who left from the Sol truck and that is why she wanted to leave, but unless she also had her first grandchild, that was probably just a mistake.
All of the teams are very nice to each other on Instagram and it seems like they all truly like each other. Apparently, one season has already been filmed and is in editing but another one is filming right now. They are constantly posting to Instagram where they are heading so I don't think social media posts are not allowed.
This is what I've taken from the posts of the current trucks filming. There was one place where they were asking for ideas of where to park, but the others were always like, "We're on the way to XXXX. We'll be at the blahblahblah on Date." It's still going on and I'm wondering if the social media posts may have to stop when they get to the final four, or something, to not give anything away. It seems like they always have the final two parked in locations previously determined.
I thought that following the teams may have been why this season just isn't exciting me, but it sounds like it applies across the board so there is some spark missing from past seasons.