When the food truck chefs took over the Grand Prize kitchen in June, there was an understanding that the lineup might change over time. That time is now, as Joshua Martinez, who owns The Modular food truck and is organizing the effort, has announced changes to the chef lineup.
Although the project has been successful, with most nights offerings being completely sold out, some chefs decided to take a break from the schedule. Out are Justin Turner of Bernie's Burger Bus, Van Pham of Phamily Bites and Louis Cantu of Coreanos, although all three chefs may show up for occasional collaborations with other food truck owners.
In their place, Matt Marcus from the Eatsie Boys takes over on Monday nights. Austin King, whose Yaki Snack Attack concept has already been featured on a couple of recent Monday nights and earned raves for his offerings that include unagi ice cream, gets a permanent spot on Wednesdays. Finally, Eater Heatmapper Maria Vela gets a break from her Sirena Seafood on Thursdays. Vela showed substantial chops at a recent brunch at Heights coffeeshop Boomtown that had diners raving about her mole and duck confit.
On Saturday, either Martinez will serve dishes from The Modular's menu or groups of chefs will collaborate on new menu items that blend their various influences.
Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski from H-Town StrEATS and Ruth Lipsky from Stick It Truck will remain in their established spots on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.
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