Job type

Street food trader

£12k - £18k

Typical salary

18 – 43

Hours per week

Street food traders run their own businesses, serving customers food and drinks from a stall or van.

More info

  • In this role you'll serve customers drinks and food from a stall or van
  • You'll need excellent customer service skills & maths skills to keep track of money
  • You could become a supervisor or start your own business


  • Stock up on food ingredients and drinks
  • Drive your mobile unit to a venue and set up
  • Check the temperature of fridges and food
  • Handle raw food safely
  • Prepare and cook food to a high standard
  • Serve customers and build up repeat business
  • Wash up and keep your work area clean, tidy and safe
  • Keep track of finances
  • Market your business 


You'll usually work weekends and public holidays, and you may travel to different locations with your food. You could work at a market, festival, university or tourist site. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and physically demanding.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with excellent customer service skills and maths skills to keep track of money coming in and going out.

There are no set requirements but experience in catering or retail, and GCSEs grades in English and maths, could help you.

You'll need to have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months, pass assessments in food safety, health and safety, fire safety and control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), get a food hygiene certificate and you'll need a Street Trading Licence unless you operate only at events on private land.

The Nationwide Caterers Association has information about setting up and offers advice about driving licences and regulations for towing catering vehicles.

You'll need to register with your local Environmental Health Department before you start trading.

It's common to get experience working in a cafe, pub, restaurant or hotel kitchen first and then set up your own street food business.

You can prepare for this job by doing a food production and cooking intermediate apprenticeship, or a senior production chef advanced apprenticeship.


With experience, you could move to a busier pitch. Extra training in cooking and cuisine could help you to improve or widen the range of products you offer.