Please Don’t Ask for a Burger!
Whitney Matthews and I sat down to find out what it is really like to own a food truck. Her route to becoming chef/owner of SpiceSea Gourmet Food Truck was circuitous. She is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Class of 2007, and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in History and German, with a minor in English. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, Class of September 2009. Whitney opened the SpiceSea Gourmet Food Truck while living in San Antonio, TX, because there were no seafood trucks among the burgers and tacos. She received acclaim and recognition for her food, including being named one of San Antonio’s rising stars as a “Sharp Chefs”, Best Food Truck in San Antonio (2014), Best Seafood in San Antonio (2015). Her food truck was featured on the Cooking Channel’s TV show, “Eat Street” in 2015. Whitney picked seafood as the focus of her food truck because her grandfather was a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Her heritage is reflected in the design and colors of her truck. She remains dedicated to serving the finest seafood with fresh greens, sauces, and bread. Her sandwiches are uniquely flavored with garnishes of her own invention. She serves Po’ Boys, crabcakes, lobster rolls, and many other seasonal kinds of seafood. They are all very special. No shredded iceberg lettuce here!
There are unique issues to be solved when designing the interior of a truck converted from a Snap-On Tool truck. It’s actually more of a boat than a truck! When many of the plumbing joints gave way during the trip from Texas to Virginia, her dad, a boat owner, helped her to adapt the systems of the inside of her truck to accommodate the movement, vibration and special needs of a cooking vehicle. Flexible caulking, leveling, tight corners, propane, electrical and water, air conditioning and heat adequate to the seasons are only a few of the issues unique to a truck
She does all of the preparation and cooking on her own, many of the repairs, cleanup and maintenance.
Whitney particularly enjoys serving at various vineyards and festivals in the Centra Virginia region, although the hours and seasonal discomforts can take their toll on the truck and the chef. She has participated in events surrounding the Staunton Food Truck Battle, Keswick Vineyard, Grace Estates, Chisholm Vineyards and Chiles Peach Orchard seasonal festivities.
Whitney meets challenges of owning a food truck which
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