IT LOOKS more like rusty old toolbox than a tray full of cooking utensils.
And customers of Gosport’s Curry Garden takeaway would have had no idea that their spicy meals were prepared in such filthy surroundings.
Environmental health officers who inspected the takeaway in Gregson Avenue were horrified to find the dirty knives as well as mould in the fridge and a kitchen in an alarming state of disrepair.
Last week, owners Abdul Wadud and Mustafa Zur Rahman pleaded guilty to four charges each when they appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.
They admitted failing to keep the premises clean and failing to maintain surfaces of equipment in contact with food in a sound, easy to clean condition.
On top of this, the pair owned up to failing to keep fittings which come into contact with food clean and failing to put in place food hygiene regulations.
Wadud was fined £100 for each of the four offences and was ordered to pay £712 costs.
Rahman was fined £150 for each of the four offences and ordered to pay £712 costs.
The council was awarded its full costs of around £1,400 and a victim surcharge of £15 was imposed on each of the men. The Curry Garden remains open as officers worked with the owners to improve the conditions following the inspection.
Councillor Graham Burgess, said: ‘It is obviously very disappointing for us when people fail to comply with orders to clean up and make improvements, as in this case, as we are then left with no option but to prosecute.
‘It’s vitally important that everything is sorted. Health is of prominent importance.
‘Unhygienic establishments can cause lots of problems in the community.
‘However the public can be reassured that where appropriate we will use this enforcement tool when necessary to protect the safety and well being of both our residents and visitors.’