A young chef from Exeter has started his own mobile pizza van service giving local residents across the county authentic pizzas – with his knowledge based on his travels around Italy.
Jordan Kenny, who is 26, spent months in the European nation travelling from Venice all the way down to Naples trying out different pizzas to ensure he could create same authentic food when he arrived back to Devon to create his business ‘il Cornicione’.
Six days of the week, Jordan – who initially set up his business from the window of his parent’s house in the first coronavirus lockdown – will station his van in different villages and will create pizzas for the local residents in the area.
“In November 2019 I started thinking that I’ve always wanted my own takeaway truck or restaurants so I quit my job and started looking for a little venue,” Jordan said.
“It took me until February that I realised that It wasn’t the best idea to get a place right now so I began doing takeaways from my house with the pizza oven I had which was just when the first lockdown came around.”
After working as a chef in an Italian restaurant in Exeter and being the Senior Pizzaiolo in Franco Manca, Jordan decided that he would serve his freshly made pizzas out of his parent’s house window in Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot.
Word quickly spread and soon he had a following of over 1,000 people on social media.
Jordan said: “At first I was only doing it on Friday and Saturday nights which were selling out so I thought ‘oh this could work’ so I managed to get a big van converted and they done it up amazing, it’s all wooden on the inside and there are lights on it.
“I saw a gap in the market as I knew there were a couple of smaller vans that do this but they were using lesser quality ingredients, I thought I could offer people a bespoke experience, especially with my background of being a chef and making the fresh dough.
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“I thought I’d try and bring that experience to people in lockdown when all the restaurant’s closed and thought it was such a great opportunity to put myself out there.”
Now Jordan is selling out most nights along with getting great reviews and feedback from the customers in the villages he visits.
He is now doing this full time and has even converter one of his rooms as a prep-room.
At the moment it’s currently just Jordan working by himself with the occasional help of his 15-year-old brother when he finishes school.
“It’s quite strenuous sometimes doing 60 pizzas in an hour, the oven can hold five pizzas so it’s non-stop when it’s busy,” Jordan said.
“It’s good that I have the experience that I do as you have to work as fast as you can sometimes.
“It’s great seeing people encouraging and congratulating us on coming to them when there’s nothing around. It’s all about support for local businesses as everyone is realising that restaurants have closed so I feel like everyone has banded together.”
Jordan stations himself in several locations each month along with posting on his social media’s on the night where he will be based to remind people to come down or pre-order their pizzas.
This month he will be:
Monday 5pm – 8pm
The Co-op Car Park, Kingskerswell
Tuesday 5pm – 8pm
Ogwell Green, East Ogwell, Newton Abbot
Wednesday 5pm – 8pm
SPAR, Blakeslee drive, Newcourt, Exeter
Thursday 5pm – 8pm
Central @ Model Stores, Slade Lane, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot
Friday 5pm 8pm
Bridge Street Bus Stop, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot
Sunday 5pm- 8pm
*2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
The Co-op, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey
To find out more information about ‘il Cornicione’ visit their Facebook page here.