Food Truck

#50: Chedda Burger – Give It Your All, Or Don't Even Try

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One week we're celebrating our one year anniversary, the next, we air our 50th episode! When we launched The Utah Foodie our goal was to create a podcast that dove headfirst into the stories of the creators and innovators in Utah's food scene. Every week we've walked away from our interviews full of inspiration and appreciation. This episode, however, truly highlights how important it is to share these emotional and authentic stories.

When Nick Watts founded Chedda Truck, it was more of an online concept than a real company. Working multiple jobs and needing a creative outlet, Nick would stop by the farmers market during his free time to find the perfect ingredients for his homemade grilled cheese creations. His Chedda Truck Twitter account began to grow, and in a moment of generosity, a friend who owned a tattoo parlor offered him an evening to bring his grilled cheese out into the world for some of his customers.

What began as a low-key offer blew up into a frenzy as news of this grilled cheese launch began to spread through popular food blogs and Twitter accounts. Nick originally anticipated a small crowd, but over 250 customers and grilled cheese sandwiches later, it was apparent that this was more than just a casual evening.

And yet, Nick didn't open his food truck for another six months after his initial launch. After soul searching and working a mind numbing job, Nick knew a drastic change was needed. Hence, Chedda Truck became officially official.

What followed his launch was years of lessons learned, generous friends and strangers, and a full-time investment into Chedda Truck and Chedda Burger that was purely driven out of passion and an unwillingness to give up. With a physical location at 26 E 600 S and two food trucks, Nick's ambition and creativity are inspiring, and he offers wisdom and passion that is infectious.

 

This episode was sponsored by...

90.9FM KRCL -- Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery -- A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery 

The Chocolate Conspiracy -- A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee -- Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad, Utah's five-star fan club of all things local.

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This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week! 

#29: Waffle Love – Build a truck and they will come

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When Adam Terry founded Waffle Love in 2012, it was more than a labor of love. It was a dire necessity. With a family to support, bills to pay, and no other options, launching their unique and delicious waffle food truck was fundamental.

Three years, six trucks, and two restaurants later, Waffle Love has grown into a thriving business that continually sells delicious, mouth watering food. With an appearance on The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network, locations in Arizona, and more trucks and restaurants arriving within the next few months, you could say Adam's passion and dedication has worked out.

While many people dream of opening their own restaurant or cooking for a living, many tend to shy away from the gamble that comes from such a competitive industry. But with positivity, hard work, passion, and 110% commitment, finding success is more than achievable. It's possible to get bigger than you ever dared to dream.

Join us on The Utah Foodie as we sit down with Adam, hear his outstanding story, and dive into his infectious passion that will inspire you to tackle all your dreams.

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