FIRST REPORT: Butler County residents vie for $50K in Food Network food truck contest
Magical Mystery Heroes didn't fare as well on the second episode, which aired Wednesday. Shot in the coastal town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, it saw teams joining forces to create a holiday-inspired lunch for 70 VIP judges, who turn out to be elementary school students and what Food Network described as the teams' "toughest critics yet."
Allied with the Big Stuff team, Magical Mystery Heroes lost the show's first challenge and a chance to earn $200 toward their overall earnings. The money they earned during a "Peppermint Challenge," which required teams to add a peppermint candy cane-inspired dish to their menus, fell $137 short of third-place team Creole Queens.
The team provided an emotional moment during the debut episode. Chris Schulz said a sandwich the team created was the favorite of their late grandfather, Ernest Williams, and posted a photo of him inside the food truck. Schulz, who called him “the rock of our whole family,” said he would dress up like Santa every year.
"He definitely brings the holiday spirit to us and our family," Schulz said, choking up as a 2001 photo of his grandfather dressed as Santa at Great Miami Valley YMCA appeared on the screen. "He just loved everything about Christmas."
“He would absolutely love what we’re doing right now,” Hannah Schulz said.
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After being knocked out of the competition at the end of the second episode, Matt Williams said it was “bittersweet to be going home” but he looked forward to seeing his family. Despite being ousted from the show, he seemed resolute to continue the journey on his own.
“We’ve been eliminated from this competition, (but) it’s not the end,” said Williams, who lives in Monroe. “It’s just the beginning of my dream. It’s the starting point where we’re going to start moving forward.”