Darrell Scanlon built his first mobile kitchen on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2001. Following a nine-year contract with ASP and some overseas travels, Darrell returned to the Gold Coast where he embarked on his next venture – Kru Catering, a film location catering service fit for the Stars.
Kru Catering comprises of four fully equipped and self-sufficient Food Trucks loaded with state of the art commercial kitchen equipment able to feed hundreds of hungry actors and crew every day.
“The size of the contracts can range from feeding 60 people right to 900 people. We recently worked on the new Thor movie, Thor Ragnarok filmed on the Gold Coast. On this set, we catered for an average of 600 people a day. That’s over 1200 meals per day for 85 days which equates to over 100,000 meals,” said Darrell.
Darrell worked closely with the team from Betastyle Stainless, Commercial Kitchen Company and Mathieu Astier, Comcater Area Manager to fit out his fleet and ensure that the trucks can meet the fast-paced, demanding environment of onsite catering.
The Kru Catering Food Trucks are completely self-sufficient with state of the art equipment including RATIONAL commercial ovens, Frymaster commercial deep fryers, Garland commercial grills, silent generators, fresh water tanks and wastewater tanks so they can go anywhere and everywhere. Darrel points out that there are a lot of things to consider when choosing equipment for a Food Truck, one of which is the weight of the equipment.
“The RATIONAL commercial ovens weigh significantly less than other combi’s on the market, my kitchens are mobile and I need to keep the weight down as much as I can, RATIONAL clearly sets the benchmark.”
“Actually I couldn’t live without my two RATIONAL SelfCookingCentre® ovens. They are easy to use, versatile and very, very reliable. I get the same consistency every time with each application whether it’s braising, steaming, baking or roasting. I can program the oven with certain cook times and any of my employees can simply press a button and be assured we will get the same result time and time again,” says Darrell.
Having already feed some big names including Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Samuel L Jackson, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman to name a few and with more and more major blockbuster films being filmed in Australia, Darrel and his team are defiantly well equipped and ready to feed them.