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Have we had our fill of cooking shows?

The Los Angeles Times has a great piece on the overindulgence of Americans on television cooking shows, and how the deluge of food programs has changed the way we look at food (and the number of people wanting to be professional chefs). The story quotes Saveur magazine Editor in Chief (and "Top Chef Masters" judge) James Oseland saying, "It's foodie chaos right now."  Check it out.

Durham's Only Burger locked in epic battle for Food Network gig

The Durham-based food truck Only Burger is locked in an epic battle for first place with Oklahoma City's Big Truck Tacos, all for the chance to appear on the next season of Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race."

Online voting will determine who gets a spot on the show, and Only Burger and Big Truck Tacos have been back and forth between first and second place for the last several days. 

It looks like it could go down to the wire. You can vote every day and you get 10 votes each day. You can spread the votes out or give all your votes to one truck. Voting ends Friday, September 10. Go here to vote -- look for the Leader Board on the right and click on Only Burger to cast your votes with them. You can also text FT51 to 66789.

Photo from Only Burger Facebook page.

"The Great Food Truck Race": A tasty mix of travel and business

If you're a fan of "The Amazing Race," but wish it had more food on it, tune in to "The Great Food Truck Race," (Food Network, 10 tonight).

OK, we talking people in trucks, so you won't get to see exotic locales; instead the vistas are of the good old USA. There is, however, an international flair to some of the food.

The premise is this: seven food trucks, serving varied cuisines, must head to undisclosed locations, figure out the best places to park, and sell their food. The truck that makes the least amount of money each week gets eliminated. The teams can't use social media to spread the word (as most food trucks do), but they can use their cell phones to work connections. The winner gets $50,000.

Good, clean fun on "Minute to Win It"

Guy Fieri needs another show like he needs a hole in the head, but I can see the allure of "Minute to Win It." (NBC, 7 tonight; 2 hour premiere)

It's a family-friendly show, one that will get him on the radar of folks with little interest in the Food Network.

My little one, a devotee of ABC's "America's Funniest Videos" which airs at the same time, is already talking about splitting the hour so as to see some of both shows. (Apparently, not ALL the videos are that funny.)

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