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2006/12/18 22:08:45 (permalink)

Kitchen truck

Did anyone see the episode of TOP CHEF last night? They were working out of what looked like a pretty good, fully loaded kithchen truck. 1) Does anyone know anything about them, what's in them, who makes them, what are they called?, and 2) About how much they cost?
The truck looked awesome inside with all the stuff a much bigger kitchen would have. Any help would be appreciated.
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/18 22:35:04 (permalink)
    Bravo is only available on Digital Cable here.. So no go on seeing it here.. But them trucks are fairly common that you speak of. Various manufactures out there.. http://www.vendingtrucks.com/browse_listings.php
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/18 22:57:44 (permalink)
    Fondly called "Roach Coachs" out here in California.

    Some are "Extra Goooood!"

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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/18 23:03:40 (permalink)
    Thanks Unclevic, BigGlenn I hate to ask but why roach coachs. Where do you see them in in what way are they being used, catering or freestanding?
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/19 09:06:40 (permalink)
    I used to see Roach Coaches a lot around construction sites and in Puerto Rico, especially. I seem to see more, now that the hispanic population is expanding where I live. They seem cleaner, now--not just converted schoolbuses. And some of the bigger ones are pretty impressive.
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/19 14:14:55 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by derf315

    Thanks Unclevic, BigGlenn I hate to ask but why roach coachs. Where do you see them in in what way are they being used, catering or freestanding?


    Where's there's food, theres usually Roach's. LOL I am sorry I don't know why they are called Roach Coach's. But in Los Angles there are fleets of these Vehicle's visiting various work sites.

    Some are better than others. I have enjoyed a few of them. At times they are a welcome sight.
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/19 21:30:03 (permalink)
    I don't know where the term comes from but every mobile food vendor Ive ever had show up at a work site was called a roach coach. Perhaps its just a leftover term from back b4 health enforcement
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/19 23:53:06 (permalink)
    I'm out on construction sites quite often here in Phoenix, never saw anything on a roach coach that I'd eat. It's different if the rig is set up in one place for the day, but anything that drives up, honks its horn, and then drives off again after 5 minutes just does not say quality food to me.
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/20 10:00:11 (permalink)
    No, the truck on that episode of Top Chef was not a vending truck or roach coach but a big framed truck with a full kitchen. It was the size of a regular UPS truck only heavy duty looking, enter from the rear with a full size kitchen. Probably the kind used for an onsite kitchen for a catered event
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/22 20:30:48 (permalink)
    Yes, thank you kland01s. That truck had everything in it grill, flat top,fryer, steam trays. Do you have any other info. It looked like my dream truch!!!
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/22 21:47:15 (permalink)
    in the seattle area you generally see 2 different kinds of roach coach.. small rigs built on pickup truck chassis (stover's kitchen is the common one) where no actual cooking is done, hot food is limited to heated sandwiches in plastic bags. usually the hot section is in the rear, the right side opens up for cold things, drinks etc..

    then there are the rolling kitchen trucks, these are usually converted step-vans but sometimes are built out of old school buses, etc.. some are more elaborate than others, most of them seem to serve mexican food (tacos) if they stay parked in one place. burgers and fries, fish and chips and teriyaki are common roach coach food with these trucks, but quality varies considerably.
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/23 07:06:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by derf315

    Yes, thank you kland01s. That truck had everything in it grill, flat top,fryer, steam trays. Do you have any other info. It looked like my dream truch!!!


    Sorry,no info but I'll keep my eyes open!
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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/23 09:31:47 (permalink)
    The term Roach Coach came about with the older style truck described by marzsit. small rigs built on pickup truck chassis (stover's kitchen is the common one) where no actual cooking is done, hot food is limited to heated sandwiches in plastic bags. usually the hot section is in the rear, the right side opens up for cold things, drinks etc..

    The hot food is cooked off site and back in the day the kitchen could have been anything/anywhere. Now most places enforce a certified commissary for food prep. With these old style trucks the kitchen was questionable and so was the storage of the trucks and they product they contain.

    With the newer mobile kitchen you at least have a chance to see if the food is kept chilled before cooking and if the kitchen is clean.

    When we worked for Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr, he wouldn't let any of the 1st type on the property when we were building. If the mobile kitchen wanted to setup on the site the general contractor or site foreman had to approve it first. Not everyday but at least the 1st time they came to the site. We used to get some pretty good food off of these trucks.

    Now you know.

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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/25 09:49:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BigGlenn

    quote:
    Originally posted by derf315

    Thanks Unclevic, BigGlenn I hate to ask but why roach coachs. Where do you see them in in what way are they being used, catering or freestanding?


    Where's there's food, theres usually Roach's. LOL I am sorry I don't know why they are called Roach Coach's. But in Los Angles there are fleets of these Vehicle's visiting various work sites.

    Some are better than others. I have enjoyed a few of them. At times they are a welcome sight.

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    RE: Kitchen truck 2006/12/25 09:51:30 (permalink)
    the catering truck your asking about is armenco. another greaty truck guy is tonyslunchbox.com hope that helped
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