The Mid-Continent Public Library announced Buu Gia Nguyen’s Boo Yah! as its Food Truck Rookie of the Year.
Boo Yah! competed against six other Kansas city food truckers in MCPL’s 2016 Food Truck Face Off at The Roasterie earlier this month. The food truck serves up Asian fusion dishes, many inspired by Nguyen’s Vietnamese heritage. His food truck Boo Yah! earned the most taste and presentation votes from the more than 400 people that attended the event.
“We’re very proud of our food truck community in Kansas City,” said Morgan Perry, a specialist with Mid-Continent’s Square One Small Business Services. “We feel that this event is important, not because of the trophies, but because it gives these food entrepreneurs a strong foundation to grow their businesses successfully. Business education doesn’t have to be boring.”
A panel of judges also voted for Best in Show, which went to Michael Strong’s Flossie Mae. The food truck serves up “comfort food for your soul.”
Other competitors included:
- KC Pinoy
- American Fusion
- Fungal Fusion
- Greg-Co. BBQ
- Pita for Good
All seven competitors are graduates of the library’s Business of Food Trucks program, which teaches aspiring food truckers the basics of owning and operating a food truck business.
See the list of upcoming Square One programs here: www.mymcpl.org/events/square-one.