Nearly all of us miss our creature comforts once we’re away from home, however one British expat has taken his hankering for a rooster tikka masala and lamb balti a step additional and had a curry from his favorite Indian restaurant flown from England to France.
Roy Buchan, a loyal buyer of the Akash curry home in Portsmouth, chartered a aircraft from Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire to Bordeaux, France simply so he might get pleasure from a curry from his favorite Indian restaurant. The £32-a-head order, which additionally included paneer korai and a naan, was cooked in Portsmouth after which re-heated in France as Buchan and 49 of his buddies scoffed it down as a part of a curry night time on the Bordeaux-Saucats aerodrome.
Speaking to The News newspaper in Portsmouth, Buchan mentioned: ‘although there are some Indian restaurants in France, the quality of food is nowhere near as good as in England.’ But as an alternative of heading again to Britain for a curry, Buchan and Faz Ahmed, the restaurant supervisor on the Akash, mentioned delivering a curry to Bordeaux by automobile. That’s when one other loyal expat stepped in.
James Emery, who had eaten on the Akash for over 20 years, additionally occurred to be a pilot. The concept of flying a curry over the English Channel then took off. Emery managed to rent a six-seat aircraft from Iroise Aero Formation flying college in Brest and Ahmed obtained his cooks to start out cooking.
It’s not the primary time that Buchan’s want for a well-known curry has hit the headlines. The former Portsmouth resident took £105 price of Indian takeaway from the Akash to his home in France for Christmas dinner in 2014. Perhaps a holiday in India must be on the playing cards?