The Southern Ontario food truck trend has inspired a new certificate program at Mohawk College.
Those licking their chops to take their culinary ideas on the road will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals.
Program Manager, Evan DiValentino says the college’s Continuing Education department has tapped into emerging trends to design six courses catered to mobile truck management.
“So what we’ve done is infuse some entrepreneurialism into the program so that they have that mindset, so that they have an idea around small business management” he says.
“Also drilling down on things like food purchasing, understanding our food systems, understanding consumer trends and how they can build menus around those.”
Kristopher Rattray, operator of the 50 Pesos food truck believes this will satisfy some of the curiosity he sees on a daily basis.
“I see alot of interest in people when they approach my truck when we’re in service, especially the millennial crowd, they’re very intrigued by what we do and they want to learn more, know more.”
If you ask Rattray, it’s an avenue worth pursuing.
Where at one time the only food truck in town was a chip wagon, now you can get “five star food on a truck for a third of the price or less” he says.
DiValentino believes this is why it’s a business with longevity, a business that students can find jobs in upon graduation; whether that means working in an existing space or creating their own.
“Millennials looking for higher quality food, looking for it to be more accessible,” he says is one of the reasons that the industry and the program, scheduled to launch in the Winter of 2017, is here to stay.