Top street food trader, Jon Knight, Co-founder of Original Fry Up Material, has joined forces with McCain Foodservice to give attendees of this year’s LACA event some street food inspiration.
Original Fry Up Material will be cooking up school classics with a street food twist over the course of the event, showcasing how McCain products can work perfectly for school cooks and street traders alike.
Although the two sectors might seem world apart, Jon says that street food and school cooks need to meet many of the same operational needs:
“I imagine that running a school kitchen presents the same kind challenges but on a completely different scale. At a festival, people are happy to queue for 10 minutes; you don’t get that luxury in a school. School caterers need to work with products that will hold well under heat and stand up well to batch cooking, which is why we’re using McCain products.”
Jon and McCain will be serving up samples of 4 new street food inspired dishes over the course of the event, including a show stopping recipe from the winner of this year’s One Pot Meal competition.
“This year at LACA we’ll be using the McCain Simply Range in four different dishes, two break time snacks and two main meals. We wanted to make sure each dish had the big flavours and street food style feel that have made the sector so successful, but was also nutritionally balanced and lean, and working with the McCain Simply range has helped us deliver on both fronts.”
Alongside highlighting the versatility of McCain products, Jon hopes that introducing a street food dimension will both caterers and kids alike excited about school meals.
“It’s a great way to generate excitement around food. Food shouldn’t be just for fuel, that’s not a good way of viewing what we eat, and I think street food inspired options could really provoke a great reaction and love of food within kids. It is time to bring the concept of street food into the school kitchens across the UK”
Jon of Original Fry up Material will be with McCain at LACA 2017, stand M28 on 5-7 July.