The Cruising Kitchens Concession Truck Build Off

Last week I found myself searching YouTube for some well-produced videos on how to build a food truck from the ground up. I was delighted to find that the San Antonio based manufacturer Cruising Kitchens had produced a series of videos giving insiders view on what it takes to take a concession truck from concept to finished product.

After watching the video series, I realize that I’ve got to have these guys on the podcast to get their insights on the truck building process. Hopefully, I can arrange a time to interview these guys over the next couple of months and of course I’ll be posting that update for you on the blog.

In the meantime, I recommend watching the Food Truck Build Off series in its entirety below. This is by far the best overview of the creation process I’ve been able to find online so whether you’re thinking about going the DIY route and converting an existing truck into a mobile kitchen of your or just want to see what it might be like to work with an experienced manufacturer I think you’ll find these videos pretty illuminating.

The Build Off


The Food Truck Build Off follows two teams creating restaurants on wheels for two customers. The series does a nice job outlining the coordination that must take place between a manufacturer and customer to ensure the final product meets both the food truck owners needs and expectations. From designing the outside graphics of the truck, to deciding where to place cooking equipment to meeting health code requirements there is much that must be considered.

Watch the videos below to follow two teams on their journey over a period of about 10 days.

Day 1: The Beginning


Day 2: Setting up the Foundation


Day 3: Still Working Hard


Day 4 & 5: Installing Serving Windows & Exhaust Fans


Day 6: Practical Jokes


Day 7, 8, & 9: Installing the Cooking Equipment


Final Day: And the Winner Is…