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Dragons' Den star invests in food tech start-up

London-based company also secures investment from Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman

8:17am 19th Feb 2019


 
Hugo Campbell and Digby Vollrath

A London catering platform has raised £1.7m from investors including one of the stars of Dragons’ Den.

Founded by friends Hugo Campbell and Digby Vollrath in 2017, Feast It gives its users access to book 650 of the UK’s top caterers and mobile bars.

The mobile caterers listed on the start-up’s platform can be booked for occasions including corporate events and weddings.

The investment round was led Jon Claydon, previously of advertising agency Claydon Heeley, and included Dragons’ Den star Sarah Willingham, entrepreneur John Ayton MBE and former Hut Group chairman Richard Pennycook.

It also included participation from Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman.

In 2018 the company grew by over 1,000 per cent and had secured £2.5m of enquiries a month.

“People want the food and drink to be a central talking point at their event; it’s no longer just an afterthought,” said Digby Vollrath, co-founder and CEO of Feast It.

“We carefully consider every supplier we work with to enable us to deliver exceptional food and drinks to every client.”

“In 2019, we’re aiming to quadruple the amount we’re making for our supplier partners.”

“We have big growth plans and we’re firmly set on full UK coverage, with a continued push to find the best suppliers across the country, starting with Edinburgh and Belfast.”

Devon van named one of five best mobile fish and chip shops in UK

They could be named the country's number one

12:11, 4 SEP 2018Updated12:14, 4 SEP 2018

A Devon van has been named one of the top five mobile fish and chip shops in the country and will now go head to head to be crowned number one.

The business has been shortlisted as a UK Top 5 finalist in the Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award , one of 14 categories in the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards.

Following initial judging, five operators – Dodson's Fresh Catch in West Yorkshire; The English Indian in Staffordshire; The Fish Bar in Cheshire; The Little Fishy in Tyne and Wear; and The Whiddon Wagon in Devon – have been shortlisted for the contribution mobile businesses make in providing the nation’s favourite dish.

The finalist businesses have been judged against a wide range of criteria, including sustainable sourcing policies, staff training, marketing and of course, the quality of product served to its customers.

Over the coming weeks the businesses will face further mystery dining inspections, before the overall UK winner is announced at the prestigious annual awards ceremony to be held in London on 24 January 2019.

The Whiddon Wagon follows a weekly route which takes in Landkey, Swimbridge, Bratton Fleming, Chulmleigh, Brayford, Umberleigh, Winkleigh, Hartland, Lynton, Shebbear, Buckland and Parkham as well as attending privte and special events

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Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “We’re seeing a new generation of mobile fish and chip units make their mark around the country with innovative operators jumping on opportunities, such as providing fish and chips to the wedding market and at music festivals.

“The idea of mobile catering is far from new, but improved equipment and facilities, have brought a new lease of life to the sector – something the fish and chip industry is capitalising on.

“Running a successful mobile catering business is no easy feat, and requires a great deal of commitment and passion. Our shortlisted finalists hit the mark perfectly with all five showcasing the high levels of innovation that can be found within the mobile catering sector while still retaining the traditions of our quintessentially British meal, fish and chips.”

Meet the French baker selling AMAZING Hungarian chimney cakes in Leicestershire
The pastries are naturally vegan and lactose-free

Jean Michel Adalberon sells incredible chimney cakes (Image: Will Johnston Photography)
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There's a fantastic array of foods produced here in Leicestershire - and that now includes delicious traditional Hungarian chimney cakes.
The 'kurtoskalacs' are created by French baker Jean-Michel Adalberon, who has recently begun trading at Melton Mowbray Market.

We caught up with Jean-Michel during his very first day of trading in Melton, and indeed in England, to find out more....

What are kurtoskalacs?

Also known as chimney cakes, they are a sweet pastry, rolled on wooden cylinders and baked in a rotisserie oven or open fire.
Before being caked, the chimney cakes are coated in organic raw sugar, which turns to caramel, creating a sweet crispy crust. The inside stays light and soft.
Once toasty brown, the chimney cakes are knocked off their moulds, and they come out smoking like a chimney!

Who is Jean-Michel Adalberon?

Jean-Michel grew up in France, lived in Norway for 25 years, and moved to the UK in 2017.

Food and hospitality are in his blood. He introduced authentic French bread and pastry to Oslo with his successful French bakery.

While on a trip of a lifetime kayaking the Danube from Germany to Hungary, he discovered the amazing food, music and hospitality of Hungary.

Coincidentally, he'd also decided it was time to start a new business, and he felt that chimney cakes were an ideal food to focus on.

His business is called 'Tastes of Transylvania' and operates from a custom-built mobile catering van.

What toppings and fillings are available?

You can have it plain, or coated with your choice of sweet or savoury toppings. If you're hungry, you can have it filled too! all served from his custom-built mobile catering van.

Sweet toppings include cinnamon sugar, coconut and walnut, whilst savoury toppings include cheese and olives.

Sweet fillings of ice cream, Nutella and chocolate ganache are available.

The chimney cakes are naturally vegan and lactose-free.
 
You'll find Tastes of Transylvania at Melton Mowbray Market on a Tuesday and Sunday all served from his custom-built mobile catering van.

A chimney cake with caramelised sugar is £3.00, and with sugar and cinnamon, shredded coconut or grated walnut crumble is £3.50.
Extra toppings are 50p each.

Jockey hopes to earn more dough from pizza trailer business

Jockey hopes to earn more dough from pizza trailer business

A National Hunt jockey is hoping a new mobile pizza venture will have him rolling in the dough once his racing days are over.

Tom Garner, who rides for Oliver Sherwood, has converted an old trailer to run the catering business, which he has set up with chef and former jockey Josh Baudains.

“I wanted something to fall back on, racing as a career is quite hard and can be cut short at any time,” said 28-year-old Tom, who also supplements his earnings with a part-time job as an insurance broker.

Tom had originally been inspired to buy a tuk tuk to use as a mobile pizza outlet while on holiday in Sri Lanka, but later decided a trailer was a more viable option.
“I was at my brother’s wedding and saw how much they were charged to cater for relatively small numbers, which had originally given me the idea,” he said.

“I approached Josh, who is an old friend I used to ride with in Jersey, who is an exceptional cook, and coincidentally he’d already thought of the idea but never had anyone to do it with.

“He’d been working on a farm, which he loves doing, but it’s not where his heart is, which is in catering.”

Tom said he had taken a hands-on role in setting up the business, although the bulk of the cooking was left to his business partner.“I’m not quite as hands-on as Josh would like with the cooking but I worked on the trailer, which we found on a farm where he was working,” Tom said. “I even spent 18 hours sanding the thing!



“We had it fabricated by some friends of mine near Tewkesbury who have set up a new engineering firm, Mocho Fabrication, and I went down there and helped.”

The business, Fired Up Pizza, has already had its first gig at the Blowing Stone pub near Lambourn and dates for point-to-points, the Vale of the White Horse hunt ball and weddings are already in the pipeline.

The upmarket menu includes the “Tally-Ho” chorizo and goats cheese; “Gone to Ground”, which features chicken, peppers, onion, sweetcorn and mozzarella; and the vegetarian option, the “Chris Packham”.

“We sold 75 pizzas at our first gig — there were a few mistakes and it was a bit of a learning curve but it went well,” Tom said. “Two people said ‘I want you to do our wedding’, so if it goes like that every time I will be delighted!”

Tom is hoping to expand the business in future and already has plans for a second trailer selling prosecco, gin and rum.

Tom said many working in the racing industry had to think about further qualifications or back-up work if they could no longer carry on with the job — adding that Josh had moved away from riding after a bad fall over hurdles.

“He was a very good rider, and in that sense his career was cut short,” said Tom, who also pointed out the financial pressures jockeys face.

“Without the insurance work I do, I couldn’t have continued riding the last couple of seasons as the money for going up and down country is not good enough, even with 150-200 rides a season, it involves a lot of expenses and you’re doing that just to live,” he said.

“You need something to fall back on this game, it can be very harsh. Jets [Jockeys Education and Training Scheme] helped us out and I can’t thank them enough — I’d advise any young fellow to use them.”



 

Danny Healey 'thrilled' as Porky's burger van saga reaches happy conclusion

His business is now set up in a prime location

A saga involving a burger van in Pride Park has taken yet another twist with the news it has been offered a “perfect” spot.

Back in November, Danny Healey was asked to find a new home for his Porky’s Mobile Catering business. It had been based at Disability Direct, in Royal Scot Road, for three years – but the business asked him to move to free up more parking spaces.

Gareth Carter, owner of neighbouring business Momentum Recruitment, then offered him a spot on its premises, which gladly Danny took up.

However, the new spot was less visible than the van’s previous home.

As a result, Danny has now taken up another offer – this time from property developer John Blount, chairman of Ivygrove Developments.

It means the burger van can now be found closer to where Royal Scot Road meets Royal Way, which leads to Pride Park Stadium.
Danny Healey has secured a temporary pitch for his popular burger van (Image: Disability Direct Derby)

Danny, 38, said it was “great news”.

He said: “Gareth and John are both genuine and nice people. They know I wanted to keep trading as a small business to make a living. I'm so grateful and I’d like to thank them for all of their time and support."

John – who has developed numerous sites across Derby – said he was happy to help.

He said: "I could see it wasn't a good location for him and I said I've got a better spot for you. It was a question of fixing him up so he can carry on maintaining status quo.

"Danny's such a friendly, nice bloke. Everyone knows Danny and everyone I know doesn't have a bad word to say about him."

Gareth said he was pleased the saga has reached a positive conclusion.

“John Blount is a true gent,” he said. “It's good of him to get involved. It's a perfect scenario for Danny, he does a great job for everyone on the estate."

Danny set up his trading business in 2001, but seven years later he had to give up his catering business after he was attacked at the back of Sadlers Bar while on a night out with friends on September 21, 2008.

The savage attack left him with brain damage and he was in a coma for 11 months.

After a long journey of recuperation recovering from his injuries, he began trading again in October 2015.

Mobile Chuckwagon BBQ one of 12 catering options and pop-ups that will make your wedding next-level cool

Who needs a formal three-course sit down meal when you could have street food, pizza, hot dogs and ice cream from a mobile vintage van?

But sometimes, that may not suit the couple, or the budget.

The rise of street food festivals and markets have been noticeable in recent years, and couples have started to incorporate it into their big day too.

Here are just a few pop-up dining options that are based in Wales, or will travel here for your special day, with a few cool dessert options thrown in for good measure.

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Lower Eccleshill Road, Darwen, Lancashire.
BB3 0RW, UK
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