It's like a time travel in the kitchen, where the appliances and utensils are older than the head chef who used it as a launch pad for his new grocery store.

Here, in the home of Robbie Hohmann's late grandfather's house, The Meadows, the 32-year-old began by producing freshly made, healthy salad boxes, sandwiches and wraps.

The retro room is like a museum piece and a glimpse into a 1960s kitchen, but it was the ideal place to start Familia Express, a delivery service with a daily changing lunch menu.

Robbie has outgrown the small kitchen kitchen since renting a snowball in a short time and now rents kitchens at the Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham.

Familia Express packed lunch
Familia Express packed lunch

Every day he delivers the bottling meals and delivers them to shops, including a hairdressing salon, a tattoo shop and offices, as well as students. He also hopes to be able to offer one of the gyms in the city.

Downtown workers can pick one up at Rough Trade on Broad Street, where it's stored in a small refrigerator at the counter.

Word of mouth has increased the demand for delicious lunches, which always have a meat and a vegan option. Typical examples are salad boxes with chicken, tofu, salmon, miso aubergines or halloumi, baguettes with chorizo, manchego and truffle or naan bread skewers.

"It's going well and moving much faster than I thought," said Robbie, who had been working in Nottingham's restaurant business for 15 years after being a pot-washer at Ha Ha! Had started. in Fletcher Gate, before it became All Bar One.

Since then, he has worked for Iberico, World Service, Baresca and Escabeche, running a number of street food stores in an alley in Hockley, where he has won an army of fans.

Like Robbie, his German-born grandfather Franz was a cook for much of his life and was still at home until his death last October at the age of 96.

Robbie Hohmann's grandfather Franz
Robbie Hohmann's grandfather Franz

"He ate for a day on wheels, then he canceled it the next day and cooked again – a beef roulade, I remember it," said Robbie.

In the late 1960s, Franz, a former prisoner of war, designed and built the kitchen in the back of the house on Green Street, where Robbie and his father David now live.

"Many people came to the kitchen to take a look because they had never seen anything like it before, it was way ahead of their time," said Robbie, who used his equipment to cook food – scales, bowls , Crockery and dishes old-fashioned Magimix food processor that still runs well despite its advanced years.

And he not only has the original designs for the kitchen, but also references for Franz, who used to run kitchens at the George Hotel (now the Mercure) in Hockley and the Country Hotel at Theater Square in the 1950s where he was described as Reliable, a thorough worker and a good timekeeper – qualities that Robbie hopes he has inherited.

Until Robbie passes his driving test, his father helps as a delivery driver. His mother and sisters also helped with their friends, which is why the name Familia Express is so appropriate.

Even his driving instructor, Jamie Blake of West Bridgford, has become a regular after Robbie had had a salad box.

He said, "I eat his salads because I travel all the time, they are fantastic because I'm very healthy and fit, so it's ideal.

"He is very personal, some people deserve to be helped, and he is one of them, and some of my students who have seen what I have are also using him."

Robbie accepts delivery requests via the Instagram FAMILIA_Express_1 page and uses social media to announce the menu to customers one day in advance.

"It's snowball, so I just have to keep up," he said.

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