A TASTE FOR STREET FOOD LED KEVIN PYKE TO SET OFF ON A JOURNEY OF CULINARY DISCOVERY.
A hunger for success and a desire to make a change are the key ingredients in the driving force behind one of Northern Ireland's leading food revolutions.
Kevin Pyke was 17 years old when he realised his calling in life, and set off on a journey of food discovery, with nothing more than his passion and determination. From 14 hour shifts in street kitchens to finding his finesse in Michelin-starred restaurants, Kevin spent years perfecting his craft. But he couldn't satisfy his cravings. He knew he was meant for more.
After touring the world for over ten years sampling the most secret recipes from exotic lands such as India, Indonesia, and Thailand, Kevin returned home to Northern Ireland with a new found understanding of food.
He worked in a number of local restaurants before turning in his apron and going it alone.
In 2013, the Derry man found the missing ingredient to what would eventually become his own restaurant - a battered steel shipping container. Old and beat-up, the container looked like waste to most, but mustering all of his savings, Kevin revamped the container into 'Pyke 'N' Pommes.' An authentic street food kitchen was born and Kevin started cooking up a storm on Derry's Foyle Marina. Kevin said no to the ordinary and defied convention to shake up the restaurant scene, carving out a brand new food experience - no front door, no table service and not a predictable creation in sight.
Through his hard work, creativity and determination Kevin has turned Pyke 'N' Pommes from a piece of scrap metal into an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning street food eatery. The industrial, hard-hitting eatery is an everyday reminder of how far a fearless attitude and determination can carve a path to success.
From the inspiring culinary bites, to the undeniable atmosphere and intense aromas, Pyke 'N' Pommes is a food revolution built on fiery fare and fervid fun.
Kevin's advice to those who have yet to #AnswerTheCall is, 'Life is too short to look back and wish you had taken that risk.'
Kevin will bring Pyke 'N' Pommes to Belfast for the first time this summer. To get a taste of Kevin's passion and produce, pop along to Filthy McNasty's Bushmills Block Party on 28 May 2017.
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