Cooking Channel showcases Portland food truck

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Last summer reality show Eat St. cruised into Portland to film Ben Berman and Jack Barber flipping burgers in their colorful mobile grill, Mainely Burgers.

“It was a very, very long day,” recalled Barber this week.

But 10 hours of filming has paid off. The trucks, one parked at Scarborough Beach, will be featured July 31st at 8 p.m. on season five of the Cooking Channel’s street-eats-centric show.

“I am so freaking excited, we have been wating patiently for almost a year to see it. It’s a good time for us, going into August,” said Barber, who now runs his fleet, including Mainely Treats with his younger brother Max.

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Jack Barber with an ice cream cookie sandwich

His childhood buddy Berman, a student at Tufts University, stayed in Boston this summer for an internship.

Now in its is third season, Mainely Burgers has hit its stride.

“Throughout Maine people are enamored of the food truck. We are catering weddings, graduations, birthday parties, cookouts and events in such high volumes, we are not taking our second truck out as much,” said Barber, a Cape Elizabeth native who returns to Babson College this fall to complete his senior year.

Mainely Burgers, which specializes in burgers topped with cheddar cheese, sliced apple, sautèed onions, bacon and maple mayo, is one of three trucks featured on the episode hosted by funny man James Cunningham.

“We are trying to figure out if we are going to do a viewing party,” said Barber. “This is the first time a food truck in Maine has been featured.”

Stay tuned.

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.