Cou­ple’s new ven­ture has Turk­ish flavour

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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 tostomp­ing­ uk

● Claire Pat­ter­son and Ryan Ayl­win from Stomp­ing Grounds● with their Turk­ish-English deli van

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