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October 24, 2014

Hood® Cream and Food Truck Festivals of New England Present: Hood Cream of the Crop

Christopher Coombs, Hood Cream Chef

One of the hottest new dining trends across the country is on the move! Food trucks are popping up everywhere, making delicious cuisine easy to find at any turn. Food Truck Festivals of New England and Hood® Cream have tapped the greatest trucks in the region to celebrate all of these tasty mobile options with festivals that took  place throughout the summer and fall, culminating with the final event this weekend in Newport, RI.

These food trucks have gained a loyal and fanatic following. A movie called “Chef,” released this spring, even shows the passion behind food truck owners and their creations. As title sponsor of Food Truck Festivals of New England, Hood Cream decided to take these festivals to a whole new level by asking trucks to participate in a Hood Cream cook-off. The contest, called Cream of the Crop, was held for the first time at the Framingham, MA, festival and will be held again at the Newport, RI, festival on October 25th. When Hood Cream asked me to help judge and name the first Cream of the Crop food truck dish, I couldn’t wait to see what recipes and flavors these mobile meals had to offer. Top chefs like me use Hood Cream in their recipes because it is the highest quality cream and I trust it to ensure my favorite recipes come out delicious every time.

The competition asked participating food trucks to create a dish using Hood Cream for the chance to win $1,000 and, of course, bragging rights. The first winner at the Framingham Food Truck Festival was the Boston-based Mei Mei and their winning dish was Shrimp and Hood® Cream Grits, which was unbelievably good!  All of the entries were so innovative and delicious, leaving me really impressed with many of the chefs’ creations.  They made everything from gorgonzola cream gnocchi to refreshing panna cotta to a hearty mac and cheese.

There were over 10,000 food truck enthusiasts that showed up for the festival in Framingham and it was great to see how passionate and excited these trucks were to serve their inventive cuisine to the masses. The next Food Truck Festival of New England is on October 25 in Newport, RI, and I am already looking forward to attending and seeing what new concepts these incredible chefs come up with. Be sure to follow Hood on Twitter to see who wins the next title of Hood Cream of the Crop!

Christopher Coombs

Chef Christopher Coombs is the owner and executive chef at three of Boston's top restaurants: Deuxave, Boston Chops and dbar.

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