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Former ‘Food Network’ contestant opens new food truck

Wellington’s Mike Castaneda appeared on Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” in March. He’s pictured here with celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Wellington’s Mike Castaneda appeared on Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” in March. He’s pictured here with celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

The Wichita area has another Food Network star – and another food truck.

On Thursday, Wellington native Mike Castaneda will open his new extreme sandwich food truck called Bade Truck in Wellington. He’ll serve there on Thursday and Friday, then next week, he’ll make his Wichita debut at the A Night at the Fountains food truck rally at the WaterWalk, 515 S. Main.

Castaneda appeared earlier this year on Food Network’s show “All-Star Academy,” which aired in March and featured 10 home cooks from around the country competing under the tutelage of famous chefs, including Bobby Flay. Castaneda was one of the first two contestants eliminated, but it got him thinking about a career in food. (He also recently auditioned for a spot on FOX’s “Master Chef.”)

He recently was medically discharged from the army after serving for six years and decided to open a food truck.

“My daughter is 2 and a half, and my son is 1,” Castaneda said of his children, Emery and Brady. “I told her if I ever got a restaurant, I’d name it after her, and if I ever got a food truck, I’d name it after Brady.”

Bade is Brady’s nickname.

Castaneda, who purchased a 16-foot custom truck in Joplin, Mo., said he will serve “extreme sandwiches.” Those who visit him during his initial outings can choose from a smoked meatloaf sandwich topped with loaded mashed potatoes or a chicken and waffle sandwich. He also plans a sandwich called “The Horseshoe,” which is open faced and topped with pork, fries and cheese sauce. He will change his menu frequently, he said, and also has invented a decadent dessert called “chocolate bombs,” featuring dough filled with melted chocolate.

On Thursday and Friday, Bade Truck will be operating at Wellington’s Professional Body Works, 2115 N. A St., from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A The Night at the Fountains rally is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at the WaterWalk.

Castaneda said he plans to regularly bring the truck to Wichita and hopes to start appearing at rallies or filling slots at the new Pop-up Urban Park on Douglas. He’ll update his location on his Facebook page.

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