5,000 miles for an Indian takeaway

PUBLISHED: 17:53 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

Photo by Dick Harding

Photo by Dick Harding

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned Saffron Walden restaurant is jetting off to Beijing this summer to feed the Bangladeshi Olympic team. The Mogul, on the High Street, has built up a reputation over the years for providing fine quality food to discerning clients

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned Saffron Walden restaurant is jetting off to Beijing this summer to feed the Bangladeshi Olympic team.

The Mogul, on the High Street, has built up a reputation over the years for providing fine quality food to discerning clients.

Last year the Reporter told how the managing director of Baskin & Robbins had a transatlantic takeaway delivered to his Florida office. Other big names the restaurant has catered for include Rod Stewart and Daniel Craig.

Owner of The Mogul, Dulon Miah, said the staff at the restaurant were thrilled to have been chosen to feed the Olympic squad.

He said: "We're really looking forward to flying to China for the Olympics. We're providing food for a dinner party with the whole Bangladeshi squad, around 30 athletes.

"It's all being paid for by Progemini, a sportswear company, who are entertaining the Olympic team."

Mr Miah was contacted by Fatima Ibraham, a director at Progemini, who asked personally if the restaurant would help out by providing food.

Ms Ibraham said: "Our reason for offering to pay you for your services is two-fold. The first reason is that in China the menu differs from what we are normally accustomed to.

"We know that the food culture is very different and the idea of eating various types of reptile may be novel, however this does not appeal to us.

"The second reason is that it's difficult to export cooked food from Bangladesh and import it into China."

The Mogul team are being given free reign over the menu, although the

Ms Ibraham specified that she would want to see the restaurant's "best signature dishes".

Although the meal itself will only cost around £15 per head, the cost of flying and accommodating chefs

and the necessary food from The

Mogul mean Progemini will end up paying thousands of pounds for the 5000-mile takeaway.

"We couldn't believe it when we were contacted," said Mr Miah. "It's going to be great to see the country, and hopefully catch the start of the Games as well."

The Mogul will be delivering its long-distance takeaway at the end of July.

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