Food Network Chopped Champion Finds Fulfillment in Being His Own Boss

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Video Producer, Editorial & Commercial27 October 2017

The gigantic metropolis of Houston, Texas stretches over a 10,000 square mile area. Ask any local resident and they’ll tell you driving isn’t just a necessity, it’s a way life. Mobility, flexibility, and endurance are all characteristics of those who decide to settle in the South. Chef Shannen Tune knew all of these things before he launched his first food truck on the streets of Space City and was aware from the start it would be a tough, but ultimately rewarding challenge.

Tune, known for his victory on Food Network’s Chopped, has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over two decades. Bouncing all over the nation while working in some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels, Tune eventually realized that there had to be a better way. Working in food and spending time with a family is never easy, but for Tune and his wife Stacy, who also happens to be a chef, it was only a matter of time before something had to give. “If I could do it for them, then I could do it for myself,” he concluded.

The concept behind Craft Burger Food Truck is a simple one – be the best burger out there. In order to accomplish this, Tune sources the best ingredients from local farmers, uses the best seasoning, and cooks the best way he knows – from the heart. “It should come from the heart… it’s really just about coming from the heart and giving people a good meal.”

The first year on the road was one of tribulation. Engine trouble and diminishing profits nearly sank the rising star, but a growing trend of food truck parks in the area allowed him to keep his truck stationary, and word of mouth did the rest. Having recently launched his second (and more reliable) food truck, Tune and his wife have decided to embark on another adventure.

The culinary duo launched their own catering business in the beginning of 2017, Dining with the Tunes, and have already seen remarkable popularity and success. “They know me as the burger guy, but there is so much more we love to do,” Tune explained, “This gives us a chance to showcase that as well.”

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