Chef’s street food dream – in a ship­ping con­tainer

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ONE of Birm­ing­ham’s lead­ing street food busi­nesses is to launch a £40,000 ‘Kick­starter’ cam­paign to cre­ate a quirky kitchen.

Andy’s Low ‘N’ Slow, which was named a re­gional win­ner in the Bri­tish Street Food Awards 2017, wants to build a £10,000 smoker in a ship­ping con­tainer.

Self-taught chef Andy Stubbs founded the busi­ness five years ago but said he was at a ‘ make or break’ point in terms of ex­pan­sion.

Orig­i­nally from Ch­es­lyn Hay in Stafford­shire, but now based in Hale­sowen, Mr Stubbs said: “I am look­ing to de­velop a kitchen in a ship­ping con­tainer in Kings Nor­ton.

“The busi­ness has been grow­ing ev­ery year since I started and these awards are great – but I need to be able to move to the next level. I have the op­por­tu­nity of buy­ing a £10,000 smoker and the rest of the money would go on the con­tainer and fit­ting it out with equip­ment, in­clud­ing cold stor­age.

“Hav­ing a big smoker would en­able me to cook much more food, and at the con­tainer site I would be able to host demon­stra­tions and events.”

Mr Stubbs worked in the build­ing in­dus­try be­fore re­dun­dancy five years ago pro­pelled him to fol­low­ing a pas­sion for bar­be­cues.

He was a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 Young Bri­tish Food­ies com­pe­ti­tion.

He added: “Banks won’t lend me this kind of money. So, be­cause I’ve got a big so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing I thought I would try a Kick­starter cam­paign us­ing so­cial me­dia.”

> Andy Stubbs is look­ing to grow his busi­ness

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