POTTSTOWN PA – Lower Pottsgrove restaurateur George Bieber, who with Liz Bieber operates Shorty’s Sunflower Café, 1494 N. Charlotte St., and a mobile café called The Sunflower Truck Stop, has made it into the Top 10 finalists of a nationally syndicated television show’s contest for the best meal produced from a kitchen-on-wheels.
The show, “Live with Kelly and Michael” featuring Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, for several weeks has been conducting its “Truck Amazing Cook-Off” with dozens of contenders. Among the Top 10 finalists, Bieber is joined by two other Pennsylvanians, three from New York, and one each from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.
Bieber’s so-far winning menu item: Roast Sweet Potato Quesadilla with Quinoa. Watch a video of Bieber describing the dish, here.
Beginning Friday (May 24, 2013), each of the 10 will travel to New York City to appear live on “Live” to prepare their signature dishes for its studio audience. After each appearance, TV viewers can rate each chef’s recipe on the show’s website. Once all of the food trucks have been showcased, Kelly and Michael will reveal the four food trucks with the highest ratings. As finalists, they’ll compete for a $20,000 grand prize.
The date of Bieber’s appearance has not yet been announced.
The top food truck won’t be the only prize-winner, show promoters said. As a reward for rating the recipes online, viewers also can enter to win weekly prizes of $500 gift cards to Omaha Steaks.
The contest began earlier this month, as Ripa and Strahan debuted their first-ever summer search for the nation’s best food truck. Viewers nominated their favorite food-on-the-go, and the top 20 – as selected by the show’s production team – was announced May 17. Bieber survived that cut, and the next one too.
With luck, the aroma of those sweet potatoes may grow even sweeter.
Photo from “Live With Kelly and Michael”