The show, which is in its sixth season, features seven food trucks competing against one another around the country for a $50,000 prize. Pho Nomenal Dumplings has made it two-thirds of the way through the season; two weeks remain until a winner is announced.
The truck has come a long way since opening a year and a half ago in Raleigh.
In 2013, Woo was working at an accounting firm after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC in 2010 and 2011. However, she was looking for a job that would let her interact with the community more.
“I was always a people person,” she said. “Food was a means to an end.”
Luckily, she knew someone who felt the same way. Woo said she approached her high school friend and North Carolina State University graduate Sunny Lin about the idea of a food truck.
“Sunny and I always had a little bit of that entrepreneurial bug in us,” Woo said.
Neither Woo nor Lin had professional culinary training, but Woo said their Taiwanese heritage fostered an appreciation for food.
After raising money through a Kickstarter campaign, Pho Nomenal Dumplings opened in April 2014.