Big Kitchens

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Episode 11 - Mega Truck Stop

A truck stop so big it has a dentist, gym, barbers and chapel as well as a massive kitchen catering for a thousand meat-loaf munching truckers a day!

Right in the middle of one of America’s largest interstates is the biggest truck stop in the world, Iowa 80. It’s home to the super-sized Iowa 80 Kitchen, a mega meal-making machine that has fed over 18 million customers in its 50 year history, and its loyal trucker customers just keep coming back.

Today is the first day of the new trucking season, and the ten-strong kitchen crew are bracing themselves for the busiest day of the year so far. General Manager Rick is in charge of powering out four hundred breakfasts, including their gargantuan trademark breakfast, the Hungry Man. Meanwhile butcher Bobby has over 120lbs of pork to hack through to make the restaurants most popular plate of meat, their signature char-broiled pork chops, and shift manager Chris has to keep up with the demand for her grandfather’s recipe meat loaf.

But catastrophe strikes when one of the most important cookers in the kitchen goes down, and Iowa 80’s Mr Fix it Jake has his hands full with trying to reignite it and juggle an emergency run to the suppliers for five hundred extra eggs.

It’s action stations to make sure every one of the thousand hungry truckers leaves fully-fuelled for their long onward journeys across America. But there’s no let up for this colossal kitchen which pumps out thousands of plates of food 24/7, 365 days a year.



Episode 1 - Super Size Surf 'N Turf This episode explores one of America’s biggest surf ‘n turf restaurants.

Episode 2 - Massive New Mexican This episode follows the famous ‘Chile’ Twins as they serve up over a thousand of their spiciest dishes.

Episode 3 - Planet Pizza This episode explores how burgers the size of dinner plates followed by massive 62 inch pizza’s feed a packed Texan crowd.

Episode 4 - King Size Curry House The Royal Nawaab in Manchester, UK is one of the biggest curry houses in Britain.

Episode 5 - Monster Mardi Gras Mansion Commander’s Palace, one of the oldest and most iconic restaurants in America is pushed to the limit.

Episode 6 - Cheesecake Castle Cheesecake fans head to Brooklyn by the thousands for the biggest Cheesecake player in town – the mighty Juniors Restaurant.

Episode 7 - Jumbo Jet Feast This episode follows the teams at the biggest airline kitchen in the world.

Episode 8 - Fighting Food One of the biggest US Army bases in the world fights to feed 12,000 hungry soldiers a week.

Episode 9 - Colossal Cruise Ship In the Caribbean, one of the largest floating kitchens is dishing up fine dining for over three and a half thousand cruise ship passengers.

Episode 10 - Donut Drive Thru This episode explores a kitchen that makes Donuts so big they use buckets to cut them.

Episode 11 - Mega Truck Stop Right in the middle of one of America’s largest interstates is the biggest truck stop in the world.

Episode 12 - Vegas Super Hotel This episode follows the team behind the Bellagio hotel and one of the biggest buffets in the world.

Episode 13 - Vegas Brooklyn Bowl One of the biggest restaurants in Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl, cooks up three thousand plates a night.

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