Couple’s new venture has Turkish flavour
A COUPLE have set up a street food van selling community driven food after becoming fed up with mass produced products.
Ryan Aylwin and Claire Patterson have launched Stomping Grounds selling deli style food using only locally sourced ingredients.
The pair, from Boden Street, Macclesfield, converted their camper van, ‘Percy’, into The Little Turkish / English deli, which they take to the borough’s artisan markets.
Ryan, 28, a former personal trainer, said: “We want to have a group of vans with food influenced by its chefs’ stomping grounds, where they come from, but also locally sourced and organic.
“All vans would have their own twists, whether quintessential English or fusion.”
The venture is a dream come true for Claire, 31, who grew up in Macclesfield and trained to be a chef at Macclesfield College and Quarry Bank Mill.
Claire, who lived in Turkey for five years, uses Turkish influences to put a twist on the classic English picnic theme with signature treats such as the Bazlama wrap, consisting of Turkish bread like a soft white English muffin, with a sweet or savoury filling.
Ryan, who grew up in Alderley Edge and met Claire while working at Quarry Bank Mill, said: “Claire likes local, sustainable food and coming from the health and nutrition business means healing and traditional food has always appealed to me.
“We want to know it’s healthy with no additional pesticides – I think people are more health conscious now.
“It is really important to us to use organic, free-range produce as opposed to mass produced food where you’ve no idea where it comes from.
“We want to promote the availability of amazing, home-grown produce from small businesses.
“I think what we’re doing allows people to enjoy a varied and affordable selection.
“There is such an outlay for expensive restaurants so people often don’t want to experiment.”
The entrepreneur, who has given up his job as a personal trainer to concentrate on the business, admitted that the venture has been a leap of faith for them both.
He said: “It was quite nerve-racking leaving our jobs but we are pretty excited about it. It’s been going really well/”
The Little Turkish / English deli will set up shop on Green Street behind the Silk Road every Thursday and Friday from April 23, 8am - 1.30pm.
For more information go tostompinggrounds.co. uk
● Claire Patterson and Ryan Aylwin from Stomping Grounds● with their Turkish-English deli van