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Big Truck Tacos' co-owner expresses disappointment over exclusion

Andrew W. Griffin
Cally Johnson tells Red Dirt Report they are disappointed Big Truck Tacos won't be on "The Great Food Truck Race" this season.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Despite being excluded in the upcoming season of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” Cally Johnson, co-owner of Oklahoma City’s Big Truck Tacos told Red Dirt Report in a phone interview today that she and her colleagues would be willing to give getting on the show another shot.

“Just for the principle of it,” said Johnson.

Johnson, along with co-owners Kathryn Mathis and Chris Lower were thrilled last September when they won $10,000 in the online contest sponsored by Food Network. As part of their win, they were informed they would be in top consideration to compete in this coming season’s “Great Food Truck Race.”

But as it turned out, Johnson said, that would not be the case. They were told that if they were ultimately selected – and it seemed they were a shoe-in – that they would be gone for eight weeks of traveling and shooting the season. Johnson said she and Mathis were prepared to do that, despite their planned opening of Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, a gourmet hot dog restaurant they opened just west of their bricks-and-mortar Big Truck Tacos location on 23rd Street.

But the call never came and they were never offered an explanation as to why they were not included, despite a truck that they competed with in the online contest was included in the race.

"We wondered if it's because we also have a bricks-and-mortar location and not just a truck. We really don't know. We can only speculate," Johnson said. "And if you find out something, please let us know."

She said they had even fixed up the truck and gotten it prepared for the anticipated cross-country trip, taking part in challenges and offering folks their gourmet tacos that have been a big hit locally.

Red Dirt Report has tried multiple times to get a response from Food Network as to why Big Truck Tacos was ultimately excluded. So far we have not received a reply.

Johnson said they were afraid that they were letting down all the people out there who voted for Big Truck Tacos and were disappointed they couldn’t represent Oklahoma City on the competitive food-truck race.

And despite all the California food trucks that will be represented this season on the popular Food Network show, Johnson isn't bitter against the Golden State and their domination in food truckery. She said she is a native of California and grew to love food truck culture while she was there. She said she was excited when she was able to develop the concept here and even more excited when it garnered some serious attention among folks here in Oklahoma City.

Johnson did mention that Big Truck Tacos has already been nominated as a great food truck for next year's "Great Food Truck Race." So, maybe things will look their way in 2012.

In the meantime, Big Truck Tacos is still rolling around the metro, offering their delicious food for one and all.

Food Network's second season of "The Great Food Truck Race" premieres on August 14.

To read our previous Red Dirt Report story on this issue, click here. It is also scheduled to appear in the upcoming paper edition of The City Sentinel.

And for more information on Big Truck Tacos go to www.bigtrucktacos.com.

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