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Food: Why the Duck Truck is flying high

It was an appearance on the BBC’s Million Pound Menu that brought Ed Farrell, a street food entrepreneur from Bury St Edmunds, to the attention of bosses at Cambridge’s Grafton. They thought his Duck Truck would be a perfect fit for the shopping centre’s new Food Social complex - and so it’s proved.

“When I got that call, my mind immediately took me back to my childhood of shopping in Cambridge,” says Ed. “It was my chance to go back to my roots and I could see what the team at The Grafton are trying to achieve, so I went for it!”

The Duck Truck launched, in Ed’s hometown of Bury, seven years ago. It’s since proved a hit on the festival circuit and secured a seven-days-a-week pitch at London’s Spitalfields, where it was crowned London’s Best Street Food venue by Hardens, the famous restaurant guide.

The Duck Truck arrives at The Grafton's Food Social (24601778)
The Duck Truck arrives at The Grafton's Food Social (24601778)

“The story goes: I used to work on a duck farm, developing products for supermarkets and coming up with recipes and cooking methods,” explains Ed. “I ate duck almost every day and never got bored. I just fell in love with duck. Then I came up with a crazy idea to try and get more people eating it - hence The Duck Truck.”

Billed as the UK’s first duck-specialist food venture, the truck’s signature dishes include crispy duck wraps, confit duck leg and duck fat chips.

The Duck Truck arrives at The Grafton's Food Social (24601779)
The Duck Truck arrives at The Grafton's Food Social (24601779)

Even if you’re not a fan of duck, The Duck Truck is the place to go, adds Ed: “Our buttermilk chicken burgers are to die for and we also do a great 100% plant-based burger. We welcome everyone.”

The Duck Truck is at Food Social, The Grafton, Cambridge. See theducktruck.com and follow on social media for more.

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