Each week Roaming Hunger will feature an American or international food truck,
the first of which takes us across the Atlantic.
While Americans are used to importing food from France, last month one US export hit the ground rolling in Europe. Le Camoin Qui Fume, an American Burger truck, has shifted the French culture and its cuisine toward the west. Le Camoin’s chef, Chef Kristin, is a California native who departed to France to study culinary cuisine.
Is America’s food truck revolution cooking up international support? Kristin tells us:
RH – Who inspired you to start your own truck?
CK – My mom inspired me. Seriously. She lives in L.A. I was working a lot of hours at my last job running a kitchen in Paris and I was talking (complaining) on the phone with my mom. She said “why dont you do a food truck”. At the time, I laughed because we thought it would be impossible to do in Paris.
RH – Where is the street food culture heading in Europe?
CK – Europe? Hard to say. In France, people are certainly opening up to it. At the same time, it’s such a huge cafe culture. It will be interesting to see if in the summer people are excited to grab a burger and head for the park, or if the urge to pile onto a cafe terrace is too overpowering.
RH – What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone looking to start a food truck in Europe?
CK – Go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you its impossible. If there are laws forbidding you to sell food on the street… figure out how to get your truck off the street.
RH – What on your menu MUST I try?
CK – Here in France, the most popular burger is the BBQ burger. That one has a beer battered onion ring on it and that is really foreign to people here.
Follow the truck, check out the menu or simply scout some pics here: Le Camoin Qui Fume