By Dan Kislenko | The Spec
You’re ready for your close-up, Hamilton.
Gorilla Cheese was announced Friday as the winner of a continentwide search for a food truck to appear on the Food Network program Eat St. The show’s producers had run a contest through January to let fans vote on who should appear on the program that is broadcast across the United States and Canada.
“We’re over the moon about it,” says Graeme Smith, who along with Scott Austin owns and operates the specially equipped Gorilla Cheese truck. They have been serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup at various locations around the area since last summer. “The support from people has been incredible, not just for us but for the city as a whole.”
To be in the contest, Smith and Austin had prepared a short test video that voters could watch online.
The Eat St. producers then chose the grand prize winner from among the top five vote-getters. Smith said he and Austin did not receive an explanation as to why Gorilla Cheese was chosen, other than a reference in the email to “outstanding support in Ontario.” Gorilla Cheese received 4,127 votes.
Smith said an exact schedule for filming has not been set, although he expects the Eat St. crew will be in Hamilton sometime this summer, with the episode being broadcast next fall.
“In most of the episodes you see 20 or 30 people lined up at the truck for the food, but we want to make the Hamilton show an extravaganza, with hundreds of people eating in Gore Park,” Smith said.