Colchester couple launch risotto van catering

Colchester chefs Christopher Vine and Beata Illes have launched a street food van, in a converted 19

Colchester chefs Christopher Vine and Beata Illes have launched a street food van, in a converted 1954 Citroen HY van - PotoRizotto - Credit: Archant

Colchester chef couple launch street food truck -Pot’O’Rizotto

Colchester-based couple Christopher Vine and Beata Illes are cooking up a new business.

The couple, who both work as chefs locally, have also become business partners and have unvielled their new street food truck. and are planning to serve risotto and arancini to hungry diners across the region.

Their vintage 1954 Citroen HY van, known as Edith, has been specially converted, in Essex, and fitted out with a kitchen and all the equipment required to prepare fresh food - Italian-style dishes using great local produce.

They both have full-time chefs jobs cooking jobs at night, and are running Pot`O’Rizotto during the day, catering at weddings, and corporate events, festival, birthday parties and other occasions.


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The menu is designed to suit all tastes including meats, fish and vegetarian options.

Their truck is available for booking for corporate and other events, when a meu willbe produced to suit personal preferences.

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Christopher grew up near Halstead and has worked in various local restaurants including Maison Le Talbooth, while Beat is currently a soux pastry chef at Stoke By Nayland golf club and hotel.

He said: “We are excited to be bringing out love of food to new audiences in new ways, thanks to Edith and Pot’O’Rizotto. We’ve never seen a street food truck specialising in this Italian favourite - and with the added beauty of our vintage Citroen, we’ve confident that we can bring something truly special to events of all types and sizes.”

Their truck has been specially converted for them, having been sourced in France.

They already have bookings across Essex and into London, he said.

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