A FOOD truck business that helped feed Newport's homeless last winter has scooped second place in the Wales Food Awards street food section.

Little Steak Hut, based on Seven Stiles Avenue, was beaten only by Veganishmum Pop Up Restaurant based in Carmarthenshire.

Established in December of 2016,, Little Steak Hut is a hot steak trailer set up after owner Mark Fredrickson, 42, after he spotted a gap in the market for protein enriched fast food.

Mr Fredrickson, who formerly worked at Tesco as a trainer in distribution, said: “I noticed a lack of protein enriched food for me to eat after I finish at the gym.

“I thought about it for months and realised steak has a great protein content, so branded my trailer ‘Little Steak Hut’

“We offer a selection of steak on tiger baguettes, slimming meals and gym meals.

“It took off straight away; within three months we upsized and since then we upsized to an even bigger trailer.”

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Mark Fredrickson and wife, Vicki, at Wales Food Awards 2019

In 2018, Little Steak Hut made the top 10 at the Wales Food Awards, but Mr Fredrickson believes that this year’s score is an ‘amazing’ achievement.

Mr Fredrickson is also known for his charitable work, helping homeless people by dishing out free food for those in need.


Little Steak Hut owner handed out free meals to Newport's homeless

“I love what I do and so do my customers,” added Mr Fredrickson.

“People come from all over Wales to eat my food which is why I plan on franchising my brand over the next few years, bringing Little Steak Hut to places all over the country.

“I’d like to thank my wife, Vicki, and helpers. Plus, a big thank you to Coles Bakery and Welsh Brothers Food for helping me to achieve my goal.”

You can find Little Steak Hut on Facebook @little.steak.hut