Meet the SLUG Picnic Food Truck: Haute Burgers & Fries
Food: Interviews & Features
For the fourth summer in a row, SLUG is delighted to bring you SLUG Picnic—our outdoor concert series featuring Utah musicians. For our first edition of 2023, we have an electrifying musician lineup featuring HXSTAGE, tvlen and foxparkk. We’re also ecstatic to host Haute Burgers & Fries as our featured food truck of the night. Get to know Haute through the interview with owner and manager Chef Tony below.
SLUG: Can you please outline the history of Haute Burger & Fries? How did the food truck go from concept to reality? How has the business changed/grown since its early days?
Chef Tony: The origins of Haute Burgers & Fries can be traced back to the success of Suzy Thai Food, a food truck operated by Chef Suzy, who hails from Thailand, and her American husband, Mark. Seeking to expand their culinary venture with an American twist, the couple recognized the universal appeal of burgers as a beloved classic. Driven by their commitment to delivering exceptional quality, they aimed to extend their culinary prowess to the realm of American cuisine. Mark, an ardent enthusiast of food truck design, firmly believed that an aesthetically pleasing truck would attract customers, and once they experienced the food, they would become loyal patrons. Central to their vision was the creation of a burger that would leave a lasting impression, fostering a desire for repeated enjoyment.
To transform their vision into reality, they embarked on a journey that encompassed various, crucial elements: the initial idea, the search for a skilled chef, the development of a meticulously crafted menu and the procurement of suitable equipment to operate within the confines of a food truck. This process, which spanned approximately a year, led them to encounter Chef Brandon from Kitchen88, an exceptionally talented and promising chef in Utah. A pivotal moment occurred when Brandon was presented with a can of Mangosteen juice, which he ingeniously transformed into a delicious sauce within a mere 15 minutes. This demonstrated his culinary mastery and innovative spirit, affirming his suitability for the project. With the chef secured, the focus shifted to collaborating with him to create the best burgers imaginable.
SLUG: What is Haute’s approach to food/culinary mission? What influences do you take into your cooking, and how do you outline your own unique food persona from there?
SLUG: What makes Haute unique in the larger Utah food truck landscape? What do you offer that sets you apart from other, similar trucks?
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