Chicken-lover Will Lacey of the Funky Chicken Van (@FunkyChickenVan) will be serving up fresh and funky wings and slaws straight from his retro ’69 H Van at the #FBC5 StrEAT Party.
Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you serve and where we can find you trading?
I sell funked-up chicken from the side of a 1969 H Van. I do chicken burgers, wings, salads, slaws, all with a funky twist. I also sell my own hot sauces by the bottle (and use them on the van).
What can FBC attendees expect from you at the event?
I’ll be serving up my chicken wings – buffalo wings, funked up wings and I’m planning on sourcing a local beer (probably Wandle) and doing some beer wings!
Tell us why you would like to take part in FBC5?
Sounds like a cool event. I love meeting new food obsessed people like myself.
What inspired you to start your set-up? What are your future plans for it?
My uncle is an organic chicken farmer, so that inspired me to specialise in chicken. I love retro vans, love street food, so when I left my boring job it was a no-brainer.
I want to get my chicken burgers known as the best in London and the same with my hot sauce.
I’m in talks with a few cool bars/pubs about doing kitchen residencies under the Funky Chicken name – lots of hopes for the future!
What does your set-up mean to you?
My set-up is everything to me. I’m currently making my sole income from running the van. It broke down recently and a combination of repair costs and not trading was very hard.
What makes the food you serve so special?
I serve the funkiest chicken in the world! I aim to anyway…
I use high welfare, British chicken. I think this is hugely important. I want the chicken I serve to have had a nice life. I think this comes through in the flavour.
I worked alongside a wicked guy called Ali who runs a stall at Camden Lock Market – Falafel Time. His falafel wraps are the best I’ve ever had – and I have eaten a lot in my time!
Do you have a food blog? Who is your favourite food blogger? What positive effect are food bloggers having on the country’s food scene?
I don’t blog at the moment. Although I’m on a lot of food forums – from chicken forums to sloe gin forums!
LondonStreetFoodie seems to know their stuff.
I think bloggers are great – they are clearly passionate about food. They tend not to sugar coat any reviews, which is the way it should be.
What’s your favourite new ‘trend’ on the British street food scene at the moment?
I don’t know about new trend, but I wish the H Van trend would end. I’ve had my van 3 years now and there was not that many around back then. Now every man and his dog has one!
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