The Cooks Kitchen
The Cooks Kitchen
Irene Bradley of The Platform at the Cooks Kitchen, first thought up this exciting concept “ to fill a need” as an 8th grader, trying to find a kitchen to make the baked goods she and her cousin would sell door to door. Their demands were greater than their ability to produce from home, and there was nowhere to rent a space. Well, Irene moved on to bigger things. Receiving her BSN in Nursing from Indiana, she relocated to Nashville in 1998 to work as an ER trauma nurse at Vanderbilt. Six years ago, a “friend of a friend” experienced a familiar need and The Cooks Kitchen was born. A great concept offering a commercial facility for rent opened in April of 2010, at 5th avenue south , in Nashville. Then, with the surge in food truck popularity, a new need was realized, and fulfilled with the opening of Irene’s new facility, The Platform at The Cooks Kitchen. Irene found an old pallet factory with a truck terminal, and has transformed it into a home base for the Nashville food truck craze. “These people need a place to drop and go”. The facility offers a bay to park the truck, secure storage, and power, as well as a place to receive and store deliveries with walk-in cooler, freezer, and dry storage areas, not to mention the five fully equipped commercial kitchens to prep anything from Professor Bailey’s spicy pimento cheese biscuits, to Pappy’s Mobile Café’s special sour cherry BBQ sauce. Currently, there are 10 food trucks, and 5 regular caterer/producers, but with all Irene offers, the numbers are sure to continue to grow. The facility is also licensed to produce goods for retail, wholesale, and internet sale. The amount of work Irene has put into this concept is amazing, especially when you consider the fact that she is still a full time nurse.