Amateur chef cooking up a storm after launching takeaway from his kitchen

Shabaz Khan's food was such a hit with friends and family he decided to launch an Indian takeaway from his Stockton home.

Falak's Kitchen, named after Shabaz' two-year-old daughter, has proved so successful that he is now having a full renovation on his kitchen to cater for demand. The 31-year-old says he can't believe how quickly the news of his homemade authentic food has spread since he launched in January this year.

With the help of his wife and mum, Tehmina and Nareen Khan, Shabaz says dishes are flying out the door, and even the lunchtime menu is proving a hit with people wanting a curry.

He said: "It's amazing, we are having to go on a bigger scale so we are renovating out kitchen." He said customers are upset that he has had to close for the work to be done, but he hopes to be back up and running in early June.

Shabaz' dad used to run an Indian restaurant in Stockton, so he is no stranger to beautiful food. But, he added: "I just used to cook for family and friends and they all used to say I should open a takeaway. People are just loving our food."

The cook, who has a five star hygiene rating, said he wanted to provide good quality fresh food to the community, but at a low cost to help people facing the cost of living crisis. As a treat he also provided free food for staff at James Cook Hospital to enjoy.

Falak's Kitchen is proving so popular that Shabaz is also branching out into catering for events, such as weddings, including his own sister's this month. The young dad said if business continues to take off and grow he might have to look at opening a unit in the future to meet demand.

For now he is is happy to run Falak's Kitchen from his home in Westbourne Street, where customers can collect or have their food delivered. For more information visit the facebook page here.

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