Beloved St. Pete food truck Shiso Crispy will be featured on Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

This is owner and operator Ronicca Whaley's second time competing on the popular cooking show.

click to enlarge Beloved St. Pete food truck Shiso Crispy will be featured on Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’
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Starting next month you can watch one of St. Petersburg’s most celebrated food trucks on the big screen—your living room big screen that is.

Ronicca Whaley of Shiso Crispy will be featured on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” after recently competing in an exclusive 5 week-long tournament of previous winners.

According to Shiso Crispy’ s Facebook, the first episode will air on July 6 on Food Network. A new episode from the tournament will air on every Wednesday in July, but the finale will be released on Wednesday, August 3.

If you’re not familiar with the premise of “Guy’s Grocery Games,” four competitors have to  create dishes with ingredients they find in the “Flavortown Market," often working through challenges that make the chefs' lives a little harder. The winner typically receives a prize of $20,000—in addition to the priceless gift being in the presence of Mr. Flavortown himself.

And while Whaley's unique twist on Asian fusion might not be able to shine in her featured episodes, you can still grab some of her tasty dumplings at Shiso Crispy's various locations throughout Tampa Bay.

Her food truck is known for its menu stacked with small plates like snow pea and leek dumplings, lobster rangoons, mushroom and tofu gyoza, french onion soup dumplings, short rib bao buns and a variety of dirty rice entrees.

The  food truck is adorned with oriental-adjacent patterns, Japan's imperial Rising Sun flag (which South Korea has made concerted efforts to ban), a geisha and a crouching tiger—and perhaps Shiso Crispy’s upcoming brick and mortar will boast the same type of colorful decor.

Its debut restaurant—originally slated for the EDGE eatery —will soon open at another undisclosed location in downtown St. Petersburg, according to ILovetheBurg.

Shiso Crispy is one of the regular food trucks at Tampa Heights’ Magnanimous Brewing and St. Petersburg’s Par Bar, but hosts other pop-ups throughout the area as well. Follow its Instagram at @shisocrispy for the latest updates on the food truck's whereabouts in Tampa Bay.

Whaley joins other Tampa Bay chefs who have recently been featured on the Food Network, including fellow “Grocery Games” winner Jada Vidal—who recently competed on “Beachside Brawl”—and Bandit Coffee Co.’s Adrianna Siller, who was featured on “Chopped.”

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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