Chef ‘wiped bottom with hands’ while preparing dishes in kitchen

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Monir Uddin (not pictured), the head chef at Cafe Bangla curry house on Brick Lane, prepares a lamb curry on March 16, 2011 in London, England. From April 2011 the Government has ruled that only graduate-level workers will be allowed to migrate to the UK from outside the  European Economic Area with the total number of skilled migrants capped at 21,700. Concerns have been raised on the effect of this legislation on curry restaurants as chefs will need a minimum of five years' experience, and must earn at least 28,260 GBP a year after accommodation and food.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A chef has admitted to wiping his bottom with his hands while preparing food for customers after appearing in court in relation to a string of hygiene offences.

Swindon Magistrates Court heard that 46-year-old Mahbub Chowdhury had an empty bottle in his kitchen which local health officials found was covered in what they believed to be faecal matter.

He said he filled the bottle with water from the kitchen taps and used it to clean himself after visiting the toilet.

Chowdhury, who then prepared dishes at the ‘Yeahya Flavour of Asia’ takeaway, which he ran alone out of a pub kitchen he rented, pleaded guilty to 10 allegations of breaching food and hygiene regulations. He is due to be sentenced at a later date, according to the Swindon Advertiser.

Prosecuting Rosie Heath said health officers visited the business in May last year and found “very poor standards of hygiene”.

“In the kitchen under the double sinks, they found an empty plastic milk bottle which was extremely dirty and was covered with brown fingerprints. When asked, Mr Chowdhury explained he filled the bottle with water from the kitchen taps and used it to clean his bottom after visiting the toilet. He did not use toilet paper for cultural reasons. Inspectors concluded the brown finger prints was faecal matter.”

Defending Mark Glendenning said that Chowdhury no longer operates the business and noted that the milk bottle was never assessed and the marks could have been spices.

He added: “Mr Chowdhury will dispute it was faecal matter. The prosecution can’t prove otherwise. He effectively rented the kitchen and had no control over the equipment and facilities available. He worked on his own and found it stressful. He accepts each and every one of the information relayed had potential risk to customers. He does have aspirations to work in the industry again but will work more closely with the council and is mindful of the requirements.”

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