“We need encourage and market a food culture that is all about the quality of the food and part of doing so is to have food events that are about food and provenance first rather than the ‘lets make money quick’ approach that seems to dominate the food events this city currently has.
“Everything we do at Can Cook has a social mission. For two years we have been developing a street food model that we hope will sell fantastic street food across Liverpool City Centre and train ex-offenders and unemployed graduates to become expert street food vendors.
“We want to create our own Training Academy to train the vendors and once they are trading they will have a profit share in all of the sales they generate. Its a unique model that could create over 30 jobs per year and establish street food in Liverpool that is the equal of anywhere in the UK.
“As a step in the right direction we’re building a street food truck by converting a sea-container into a mobile retail space – it’ll be on the streets very soon.
“We need a more diverse food offer across the city that is based on fast healthier food, that is not dominated by chains or the growth of chicken this burger that fast food outlets – this city has too many already. I am obviously hinting at building up the street food scene here.
“We’ve been in negotiations with the Council for over 18 months and the process has
not been easy. Lots of red tape, even now. I am hopeful that we are somewhere near to a reaching a conclusion. If we get the go ahead, we will raise up to £1m over the next 2 years to invest into creating great food outlets and in doing so employing on very good wages, lots of local people.