Trinity Kitchen in Leeds has a new addition to its offering: a bespoke street food van converted from an old Peugeot J7 that will host a changing line-up of up-and-coming cooks, chefs and street food aficionados.
The van will be fitted out with a fully functioning kitchen area and can be personalised with branded lightboxes, signage and menus for each new vendor, making it unique for each offering.
Since its launch in 2013, Trinity Kitchen has hosted hundreds of food trucks, trains and vans from across the country – hoisting them up to its first floor location using a special hydraulic lift. Now the van will be in-situ for the foreseeable future, give budding street food businesses the chance to set up shop and showcase their talents without having to own a van of their own.
Josie Towning, Food and Beverage Manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “Trinity Kitchen has transformed the idea of food courts, creating a completely unique concept and providing the perfect platform for independent street food traders. Now we’re going one step further and inviting up-and-coming cooks, chefs and foodies to showcase their talents without having to be an established brand with its own set up, as the new Trinity Kitchen van will provide all of that for you.
“It’s also a chance for any restaurants or food businesses who might have struggled during lockdown or who have had to close their doors to get back on the scene without having to fork out for any expensive overheads.”
The Trinity Kitchen van is due to officially launch at the end of May, with the first trader set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The line-up for the Trinity Kitchen van will change every six to eight weeks in line with the changeover for other temporary street food vendors, which sit alongside permanent eateries including Archie’s, Pho, Rola Tala, Tortilla, Pizzaluxe, Absurd Bird and Doner Shack.