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Rahm Appears on Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race"




    First it was the “Late Show with David Letterman,” now it’s the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is racking up his TV time.

    The mayor on Sunday evening appeared on the Food Network’s weekly showdown, which challenges food truck operators to outsell one another in a coast-to-coast competition.

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    Each week, top sellers avoid elimination and remain in the show to travel and compete in the next city for the grand prize – a fully loaded food truck to launch their business.

    Emanuel joined host Tyler Florence as part of this week’s Chicago stop, which was filmed in June and marks the semi-finals in the series.

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    This summer, Chicago food trucks made their debut appearance at the Taste of Chicago in July, and the city saw the number of cook-onboard trucks expand to 21 new food vehicles.

    There are currently more than 120 total food trucks in Chicago, according to a release from the mayor’s office.