It’s not UK restaurant insurance that this chef will be needing, it will be insurance for his aeroplane, as Rob Abdul, owner of popular Indian Restaurant, Cafe Taj in Gravesend, Kent has started to take flying lessons, as he has bought an Iraqi fighter jet to deliver his food around the world!
Abdul has put aside around £35,000 for buying the jet and restoring it. He came up with the idea with his friend who is a pilot and says it’s needed as celebrities request his food from all around the world.
Abdul, told a reporter, “It’s a novel idea. I’m learning to fly and my pilot friend is a partner. We are really excited.
“When it is ready we will seek permission to fly it. One thing you cannot do as a businessman is disappoint your customers and I still regularly get requests from around the world, many are celebrities and you can’t turn business away”.
Abdul sent a rare takeaway as for a request by dance band ‘Opposite Worlds’, to Germany during the World Cup in 2006.
He is currently the only chef in the UK who can cook vowl, a 3ft fresh water fish only found in East Bengal, which was requested by the band.
Lee Ryan, former boy band member from Blue, requested a meal for 40 people during the same year, at the Dartford Festival, which was sent by Abdul via a helicopter.
Abdul also partnered up with Bombay Nights, an Indian restaurant based in Bath and sent over a meal to the England cricket team during the Ashes.
Abdul said, “We sent over a meal to Australia for them because they couldn’t get a decent curry anywhere over there. I prepared the meal, the now famous World Cup Boal.”
Before the meal was sent on its 8,998 mile journey, it was checked by health inspectors and packed in special containers.
When the jet isn’t in use, Abdul says it will be used at events like air shows to promote his restaurant and also give children a chance to sit inside.