Friday, May 27, 2011

The Great Food Truck Race Coming To Atlanta This Weekend - Meet The Hodge Podge Truck

The food trucks are coming, the food trucks are coming!! That's been the latest buzz on twitter for the past 3 days.  Food Network has finally agree to bring the food trucks from  "The Great Food Truck Race" to Atlanta.  

The second season of Food Network's the Great Food Truck Race is hitting the road, with chef  Tyler Florence returning as host. While you’ll have to wait until Sunday, August 14 to watch the first episode, you can meet the crew from the Hodge Podge Truck this Saturday from 12-9 PM at the Atlantic Station.

Gourmet food trucks are changing the way Americans think about street food. 

Cleveland food chef Chris Hodgson, piloting his second food truck the "Hodge Podge Truck"  is competing for the tittle of the best food truck in the nation. 

Chris Hodgson has always had a love for food. Since he was a young boy experimenting in the kitchen ruining all his mother's pots and pans  he has always had an imagination for food. 

Instead of watching what normal kids his age watched he fell in love with Iron Chef and would spend late nights up taking notes and watching the talent of the Chefs he admired on TV. For his 15 birthday present he received private lessons from a family friend who was a chef. 

Chris began his culinary adventures at Lopez Bar and Grill studying under Eric Williams, owner and chef of Momochos and happy dog. From there he continued to pursue his culinary passion until he left for college. Never the studying type, the only thing Chris ever did to relax was cook. His father suggested he attend culinary school and he did just that. Graduating from Scottsdale Le cordon blue he took a job working for James Beard winner Christopher Gross.

He spent three years off and on with Christopher while traveling and doing short stints at award winning restaurants in Cleveland, California and Boston. 

After opening Christopher's and Crush in Phoenix, Arizona he decided to pursue more knowledge and moved to New York City, where he began working for April Bloomfield at Micheline Star restaurant The Spotted Pig. Working at the Spotted Pig was the most important and exciting point in his life. After getting off work at 3:30 AM he and fellow chefs would hit up the taco truck for late night dining. He fell in love with food trucks and decided it would be the easiest way to serve his cuisine to all who desired it at a price all could afford. 

Partnering up with a long time friend Chris moved back to his home city of Cleveland and is opening up Dim and den Sum. Dim and den Sum is his way of sharing his love and passion for food with all ages, classes, and types of people. You'll most likely find him hanging out in the truck, smiling and conversing with all who pass by.

After opening a second food truck, the Hodge Podge Truck Chris goals besides winning the great food truck race is to be the first street vendor in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only do he wants to provide healthy gourmet food, but he wants to incorporate all local sources. 

Regional comfort foods with an Asian flair is their specialty!

(Fried Avocados Tacos!!)

So if you are a fan of #TheHodgePodgeTruck (@HodgePodgeTruck) and have friends in #Atlanta, please ask them to go to Atlantic Station this Saturday and try their food. Generous tips appreciated! 

If you can't catch them on Saturday you can always meet the crew this Sunday around Virginia Highlands. 

Follow the hashtag #TheGreatFoodTruckRace on twitter and keep up will all the action and updates from the trucks. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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