Chefs battle for coveted vendor slot during Made in America

Antionette Lee
July 29, 2018 - 2:47 pm
More than 50 chefs went pot-for-pot trying to impress the crowd and the judges in a culinary competition at The Fillmore.

Antionette Lee | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphians got the chance to help decide which food trucks and vendors will be serving up some grub along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend — and this time, neither Jay-Z nor Mayor Jim Kenney had the last say. 

More than 50 chefs went pot-for-pot trying to impress the crowd and the judges in a culinary competition at The Fillmore. 

"I have a really big job," said "cheferee" Anthony Martorina. "We have a lot of fantastic chefs coming out. They're all vying for that spot for the Made in America festival." 

While some fan favorites already have a secured spot, other vendors gushed at the opportunity to get a spot on the Parkway.

"[It> is a dream come true. I would love to do it," said Thomas Smith, who owns a Jamaican-inspired food truck called Grubaholics. "We hope we can impress the crowd and the judges. We're a popular food truck so I believe we stand a good chance."

Smith is not the only one hoping to bring something new to the Parkway. 

Crystal Williams from Southwest Philly was enjoying a caramel brownie frozen treat. She added that free events like this are great because they "give families an opportunity to do things together and enjoy different types of food that you might not have had on a daily basis."

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