The Independent claims that a gourmet burger van is “part of a revolution in British street food“.
Is fancy street food the next big thing?
Some countries (India, for example) are known for their tasty, cheap, fresh street food. England is not one of them. The only examples I can think of are the jacket potato cart (Preston city centre) and manky burger vans.
However, The Meat Wagon, run by Yianni Papoutsis, is “causing a sensation in food blogs” with its £5 burgers. Yianni is an obsessive perfectionist, travelling around the world to perfect his recipe. Not your standard burger seller then. His success appears to be through word-of-mouth (and the blogs of course).
As a nation, we’re increasingly open to different types of food. Our obsession with celebrity chefs (their TV programmes, books, cooking apps, etc) means that more people are actively looking for quality produce and a high standard of cooking skills. The gourmet food van makes good food accessible to a wider audience (‘the medium is the message?’).
Is it TNBT? Maybe in big cities and at festivals in summer.
What else? The Meat Wagon is part of eat.st, a collective of gourmet food vans, including Gujarati Rasoi and Choc Star.
Thanks to @JeromeNivoixFox for the spot.
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