A CURRY restaurant owner has set off on the delivery of a lifetime.
Staff at Ashoka, in Seaham, were tasked with whipping up 100 fish curries to be sent to an African United Nations base.
Restaurant boss Akki Ahmed has begun the first stage of the 6,000-mile journey, which started at Peterlee Parachute Centre.
The gigantic order of fish curry, with side dishes of pilau rice and spicy Bombay aloo potatoes, were packed into specialist aluminium food containers and transported by private plane to Biggin Hill Airport in London.
Akki, 38, will accompany the traditional Bangladeshi dishes from Heathrow via Instanbul, to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they will be dished up to Bangladeshi Peacekeepers.
Speaking from London, Akki said: “I’ve never been in a plane so small in my life, so it was quite an experience.
“It was a bit scary, but very, very enjoyable.”
He will spend the night at the base near the city of Bunia, before returning home to his eatery in North Terrace.
The long-distance treat has been funded by London-based plane fanatic Mustafa Azim, who has pals serving with the UN and heard about Ashoka through a friend from County Durham who regularly eats there.