A former electrician is seeing his Yorkshire-based catering equipment and supplies business thrive on the back of the nation’s appetite for street food.
Craig Smith, owner of Kahuna Huts and Kahuna Catering, got into the supply of street food stalls and related equipment when public sector cuts forced him to give up his nine-year job as an electrician.
He set up his own food stall in Liverpool, but moved across to the supply and fabrication side when other people kept enquiring about buying his huts.
The growth of the business, which is based in Huddersfield, has allowed him to hire an employee and expand into food carts and catering trailors.
It is also supplying cooked equipment and accessories, including hotplates, water boilers, potato ovens, pie cabinets and salad bars.
“The number of huts we make has been building up in the last few years with new customers coming on board,” Smith told The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
Kahuna Huts has supplied organisations including Chelsea FC, Somerset County Cricket Club and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The company says that a food hut generally takes three weeks from design to delivery.
The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) said last week that the number of registrations from new food truck vendors in the UK was at its highest for five years.