An entrepreneur who has been fighting cancer for the past four years has won national recognition for his business venture.
Carl Denning, who runs street food outfit Market Wraps from a horsebox dressed like an allotment, was thrilled when it was voted Best Looking Mobiler in the British Street Food Awards 2016.
The 42-year-old credits the business with helping his battle against pancreatic cancer - which has now recurred for the fifth time. Carl, who appears in Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign, was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. He and his partner, Rob Fowler, bought the horsebox in January as he was completing a course of chemotherapy. He took inspiration from his grandparents, who in the 1950s sold ice cream from a barrel pulled by a horse and cart.
Carl, from Hunslet, said: “To get an award of this merit is just beyond my expectations. It excites me about the future. I know I have to get back into chemotherapy but it gives me the energy and determination to go through it again and get rid of it again.
“My family are extremely supportive. The business keeps my brain active. It makes me focus on something more positive than cancer. I have worked too hard to get to this point. I can’t just let go of it.”
Carl has been offered a residency at Trinity Kitchen next year.
Richard Johnson, founder of British Street Food and the British Street Food Awards, said: “There’s a saying in street food: ‘your flash is your cash.’ You want people to remember you. If you are in a festival field you want to make sure that you are the one that people remember. It’s important to have personality and Carl’s allotment horse box has got exactly that.”
For a full list of winners visit britishstreetfood.co.uk.