Chef swaps Savoy for Brighton burger van

The Argus: Julia Dickens and Andy McGlennon Julia Dickens and Andy McGlennon

A chef who trained at one of London’s most illustrious hotels has ditched his whites for greasy overalls to open a pioneering new burger van in Hollingbury.

Andy McGlennon, whose culinary career includes training at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand and serving canapés to the Queen, is one of the most qualified burger flippers in Britain.

It is a reputation he relishes and the project lives up to his gourmet status - transforming a humble burger van into a hotspot for foodies and workmen alike.

Despite his impressive repertoire and past success as a professional cookery tutor, the 58-year-old said his new profession is not a downgrade.

He said: “Just because it’s a van it doesn’t mean you can’t offer good quality, well cooked food at a reasonable price.”

He is running the new business with his business partner Julia Dickens, also a fellow former tutor who left teaching for the van – something she confesses she wishes she had done years ago.

Describing their offering as “van-tastic” and “van-elicious al fresco dining”, they pledge to be more than just “a man in a van”.

Situated in a fruit and veg market, AJ’s Seasoned Caterers is revolutionising burger vans.

Fried foods make up a surprisingly small section of their menu, with healthy choices such as butternut squash soup, smoked salmon wraps and homemade beef chilli on offer.

Ms Dickens credits the changing market of “healthy eating and people on diets” to the success of the business.

She added: “We have a big following now and we’ve even helped to transform some of our customer’s lifestyles.”

But they know their customer base – also boasting to be specialists in “high cholesterol, coronary-inducing and weight-gaining traditional items”.

Keen diner George Dixon, 61, is one of their new following of fans. He is also eager to support small and local businesses.

He said: “I came here on a recommendation and I’ll definitely be coming back. The staff are so friendly, treating your customers well makes all the difference.”

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6:47am Thu 30 Jan 14

rogerthefish says...

Brighton does seem to attract them, Burger van day in Churchill square always used to amuse me-I wonder where he is now earning a dollar?
Brighton does seem to attract them, Burger van day in Churchill square always used to amuse me-I wonder where he is now earning a dollar? rogerthefish

7:16am Thu 30 Jan 14

gazzamagoo says...

“van-elicious" doesn't even work...
“van-elicious" doesn't even work... gazzamagoo

10:57am Thu 30 Jan 14

Fight_Back says...

**** Advert alert ****
**** Advert alert **** Fight_Back

11:08am Thu 30 Jan 14

juleshove says...

Why Hollingbury if its good quality food. Surely he would sell more along Church Rd in Hove !
Why Hollingbury if its good quality food. Surely he would sell more along Church Rd in Hove ! juleshove

12:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Foodie1985 says...

Where abouts is this burger place in Hollingbury?
Where abouts is this burger place in Hollingbury? Foodie1985

12:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

So was this written to get a free lunch?
So was this written to get a free lunch? Cave Johnson

6:58pm Thu 30 Jan 14

qm says...

Foodie1985 wrote:
Where abouts is this burger place in Hollingbury?
Second that question! There's not even a journo to pester - another anonymous article :(
[quote][p][bold]Foodie1985[/bold] wrote: Where abouts is this burger place in Hollingbury?[/p][/quote]Second that question! There's not even a journo to pester - another anonymous article :( qm

8:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Taximan-1327 says...

This van is great been there myself, I'm a taxi driver and work nights. They open at midnight and they stay open till lunch time the next day, so its great for when I get peckish! Its in the fruit and veg market next to St John's and near police custody.
This van is great been there myself, I'm a taxi driver and work nights. They open at midnight and they stay open till lunch time the next day, so its great for when I get peckish! Its in the fruit and veg market next to St John's and near police custody. Taximan-1327

9:22am Fri 31 Jan 14

qm says...

Taximan-1327 wrote:
This van is great been there myself, I'm a taxi driver and work nights. They open at midnight and they stay open till lunch time the next day, so its great for when I get peckish! Its in the fruit and veg market next to St John's and near police custody.
Gotcha! Thanks for that, right on the apex of the bend in Crowhurst Road opposite Asda! Good man!
[quote][p][bold]Taximan-1327[/bold] wrote: This van is great been there myself, I'm a taxi driver and work nights. They open at midnight and they stay open till lunch time the next day, so its great for when I get peckish! Its in the fruit and veg market next to St John's and near police custody.[/p][/quote]Gotcha! Thanks for that, right on the apex of the bend in Crowhurst Road opposite Asda! Good man! qm

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