Courtney Koga is passionate about food.
Koga has worked in the food industry and has been surrounded by food for her entire life.
“Ever since I was a kid. I used to always cook dinner at home. I grew up watching Martha Stewart.” she said, adding her family gatherings have always been food oriented.
She started her food-truck business, The CrAsian Food Truck, in 2014 with her sister, Meiko Koga, 29.
CrAsian stands for “crazy Asian,” a name the pair came up with last minute.
“It’s North American street food with asian flavour. It’s actually a lot like us. We are half Japanese… we wanted to add our own flavour and flair to it,” said Courtney.
She recommends the Thai Burger, “It’s the best thing that we have. You won’t find a burger like that anywhere else,” she laughed.
The truck runs from April to mid-October and you can find the CrAsian sisters at local events, festivals, at UBCO and at Kettle River Brewery.
For the most part, the dynamic duo run the show.
“We wake up, my sister does the shopping first thing in the morning… do some prep, drive the truck to the gas station… then drive it out to wherever we’re going.”
Courtney grew tired of constantly unpacking food and decided to do something fun and creative.
Down the road, she wants to have her own restaurant.
For now Courtney, 27, manages at Raudz Regional Table in downtown Kelowna.
Last summer she was doing 85 hour work weeks.”I don’t know how I am still alive,” she said.
She attributes part of it to her sister.
“I’m really fortunate I do have my sister, another great woman in business.” Your sister is your friend for life, she said.
For any woman who wishes to take a management position or start their own business, she said to “go confidently in the direction that you choose,” adding the most important thing is confidence in yourself.
“You only get one life.”
To find out more about The CrAsian Food Truck visit www.crasianfood.com/.