accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Food Network’s ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ features Atlanta trio Coast of Atlanta

Three sous chefs looking for a chance to run their own kitchen, Tawanaca Davenport, Lena Price and Mike Jones are the truckers behind Coast of Atlanta. CREDIT: Food Network

Three sous chefs looking for a chance to run their own kitchen, Tawanaca Davenport, Lena Price and Mike Jones are the truckers behind Coast of Atlanta. CREDIT: Food Network

Three Atlanta entrepreneurs are competing this Sunday for a food truck and $50,000 on the third season of “The Great Food Truck Race.”

They’ve opted for a seafood theme and dubbed the truck (facetiously) Coast of Atlanta. Sure, Atlanta has many things but it does not have a coast. But it has good seafood.

You may not have seen their truck around town because, well, COast of Atlanta doesn’t exist yet. They are still working on licensing and funding to start up their business.

Lena Price, an accountant, said she and Mike Jones, a chef at a new Midtown restaurant Lure, were already planning to open a food truck when they applied for the reality competition show. They were joined by Tawanaca Davenport, who works at a catering company.

“I was looking to do something different,’ Jones said. “Kind of tired of working in a corporate environment. Lena was looking to cook and travel and the two ideas came together.”

The Atlanta food truck scene is growing by leaps and bounds, he noted. “It’s a great time to start,” he said. “We want to bring something new to the landscape.”

“It can be a stepping stone to owning our own restaurant,” Price added. (She also has dreams of being the first black “Iron Chef.”)

Sample food they plan to offer: Salmon quesadillas and shrimp ceviche. “Upscale sexy street food,” Jones said.

He admits seafood can be tough to maintain in a truck environment. “It’s more delicate than other meats,” he said. “You have to watch temperatures. And you can easily overpower fish with the wrong flavor combinations.”

On TV

“The Great Food Truck Race”

10 p.m. Sundays, starting Aug. 19

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

11 comments Add your comment

Chef Lena L Price

August 17th, 2012
11:45 am

Please follow up on twitter.com/coastofatlanta and like our Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coastofatlanta Thanks!!!

Karrie

August 17th, 2012
11:52 am

Go Coast of Atlanta. Wishing you the best of luck!!

snottrocket

August 17th, 2012
5:23 pm

Guessing they’ll show up at Atlantic Station if they tape here.

tabatha trussell

August 17th, 2012
8:33 pm

someone out there my husband is a great cook he loves to bbq he wants to do a food truck please help. 6613463591 or 6618479004

Chef Lena Price

August 18th, 2012
11:08 am

COME ON ATLANTA, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD TRUCKERS AND FELLOW CHEFS, SHOW SOME LOVE FOR ATL’S OWN @chef_lenaprice and her team Coast of Atlanta Fanpage @coasttofatlanta APPEARING ON FOOD NETWORKS GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE SEASON 3 ON AUG 19TH @10PM!!! VOTE FOR THE UNDERDOG!! http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-trucks-fan-vote/package/index.html

CLIFFORD HARKNESS III

August 19th, 2012
11:15 pm

GO GET’EM ATLANTA!!!!!!!!!!!! YALL CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

please lose

August 20th, 2012
4:28 am

I’m really wishing and praying that this team does not win. Lena’s attitude and personality is terrible.

tim

August 20th, 2012
1:51 pm

Hmmm…….A seafood food only food truck might be a difficult sell.

It BETTER be FRESH!

Matt

August 20th, 2012
2:05 pm

@please lose…I’m with you. She’s just another in a long line of reality TV personalities that make the entire state of Georgia look bad – “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “Small Town Security”, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. There are classy people in Georgia – I’ve seen them with my own eyes. Hopefully one day one of us classy people will bring some proper attention to this state.

Ronzul

August 21st, 2012
8:03 pm

I’ve yet to have a good food truck experience. A trendy gimmick truth be told…

Desperate

August 22nd, 2012
12:13 pm

I dont understand – they dont have a truck – so how are they on the show? Are the producers for the show so desperate to have black folks that they bought these guys a truck just to have them on the show? If so, that is pathetic.

By the way, nobody will eat seafood – other than deep fried – off a truck. There is just no way to keep fish cool in a moving box that is hot and reeking of gas fumes…