Trader of the week - The Hip Hop Chip Shop
When trawling around festivals and catering events, it’s pretty impossible not to notice the boombox shaped food truck amidst the sea of plain tents and their simple white food truck brethren. The men responsible for notably named Hip Hop Chip Shop are Luke Stocks, head chef, and managing director Jonathan “Ozzie” Oswald. Luke, a chef with over 13 years of experience under his belt, though previously only in stationary kitchens; and Ozzie, surviving member of the advertising industry for over 7 years, decided to combine their knowledge of the food industry to create a trailblazer of a business many eons ago, back in 2010. After taking some time to save up and tweak their plans, The Hip Hop Chip Shop finally opened for business in January 2014. From the get-go, the duo were interested in imbuing the food industry with a little razzle-dazzle, and, after collaborating with artist Stanley Chow and Wilkinson Catering, their unique American Style stainless steel trailer was born. Thanks to their one-of-a-kind, eye-catching design, The Hip Hop Chip Shop has recently been nominated for the title of ‘Best Looking Van, Truck or Trailer in Britain’ by the British Street Food Awards.
The food truck is named for its hip-style business approach, a music which derives from the styles of many other genres being mirrored by Luke and Ozzie’s avant-garde approach to a classic dish, in addition to the pun-based menu items, such as Porky by Nature and Feastie Boys.
Intent on keeping their carbon footprint as small as possible, ingredients are sourced from local markets in the North West (Luke and Ozzie’s home), and eco-friendly products such as plant starch spoons and biodegradable pulp trays are employed.
Big things are planned for the future of The Hip Hop Chip Shop, including finding a home base where people can travel from far and wide to taste their delicious dishes, rather than Luke and Ozzie being the ones spending their time on the road. In the meantime, the food truck can be found at Manchester Food & Drink Festival along with a whole host of other food festivals, pop-up events, markets, music festivals and private events too, so keep your eyes peeled!