A gourmet food truck which offers healthy food at affordable prices? Today this doesn’t sound sensational in California, the “bodyshaper state”. Ten years ago such a business model seemed quite unusual. Nevertheless Mitchell Collier and Kam Miceli wanted to offer a better alternative. They quit their well-paid jobs as a model and securities trader. So they bought a Freightliner MT45 Diesel and began to make their slogan a reality: “Healing our Planet – One Meal at a Time”.
The MT45 is only one of many vans which belong to “Green Truck”, but it is truly unique: It is fueled by recycled vegetable oil which the truck used for cooking the previous day. The “Green Truck” team lovingly calls it the “Mother Trucker”. Sustainability is a focal issue here: The truck’s roof is covered in solar panels which supply the kitchen with energy. All of the packaging which the truck uses is later composted by the farmers who provide the products. Even the kitchen utensils are manufactured using potato starch and can also be recycled.
Whether in Los Angeles or San Diego, at weddings or company parties – even on film sets underneath California’s burning sun: People everywhere are queuing for the organic gourmet food. The concept is a success. From the classic cheeseburger to the superfood salad – there is something for everyone. The good reputation of the “Green Truck” has spread internationally. That is why Kam and Mitchell came into contact with the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in 2010. They travelled through West Virginia for three weeks for his “Food Revolution” show. True to the motto: healthy food for everyone, everywhere.
The vegan “Mother Trucker” burger, named after the MT45, is especially popular. It is handmade and consists of locally grown products. Too far from the truck’s route to enjoy these delicacies? No problem! You can even order the vegan burger patty online. And if you have a little more time on your hands then you can enjoy the home-made variant: Kam Miceli revealed the recipe for the “Mother Trucker” to us – an original American style with measurements in cups.
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Photos: Kam Miceli