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Popular Barnsley Restaurant Moves Into Ready Meals

Thursday May 9 2013

Jaz Boparai Jaz Boparai

A MUCH-LOVED Barnsley restaurant is boosting business with a new range of ready meals.

With the economy still struggling, Jaz Boparai, owner of Chilli Restaurant on Market Street, decided to look for new ways to increase sales and keep his kitchens busy during the quieter midweek period.

So to help cash-strapped customers, Chilli has launched a new range of ready meals which is available in shops across the borough.

Jaz explained: "All our ready meals are made in our kitchen from the same recipe so people get restaurant quality meals at home.

"Our meals are quite different as Indian food is normally Bangladeshi or Kashmiri but our meals are Punjabi so we use much less oil."

Jaz, who opened his restaurant in 2004, added: "Although the restaurant is doing well, we're in challenging economic times so it’s about finding alternative revenue streams. It also helps customers who may be feeling the pinch."

The business is receiving support in its new venture from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) supported by Enterprising Barnsley with the assistance of funding from Barnsley Council.

Kevin Steel, business development manager at BBIC, said: "Chilli already has a superb reputation in Barnsley so we’re working with Jaz to capitalise on that to ensure Chilli at Home is a success.'

The meals are on sale in 12 outlets around Barnsley, ranging from Costcutter to farm shops.

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Reply Posted by chris on Thursday May 9 2013 at 15:52
could u list all outlets please

Reply Posted by Chris smith on Thursday May 9 2013 at 16:01
Why is he getting council funding?
What is the nature of the council funding?

Reply Posted by Jaz Boparai on Thursday May 9 2013 at 22:20
Chris its not council funding but Regional Development Funding. It is to help with finding different routes to market and PR etc. Selling to local stores will just be one area for this. The consultant has identified a few other areas where we could be selling to. This cost will be small change because if we can get half of what we think we can achieve then by this time next year we think we can provide another 3-4 jobs for local people. Ie delivery drivers,packers etc. The whole idea is to create jobs. This money also has helped local small companies by giving them the design and PR work so that they can grow--we have kept the money in Barnsley!. With the help of BICC and BDA my idea was very small on scale but now with their help we are looking at other avenues as well with this. I hope this answers your concerns.

Reply Posted by Patricia greenwood on Thursday May 9 2013 at 16:01
I've eaten in the chilli and enjoyed the food very much so I was delighted when I was able to hire the room above for my sons christening venue. Jaz and his staff put on a fantastic buffet that went down a treat with all my family and friends. I wish him good luck with his new venture.

Reply Posted by Rich on Thursday May 9 2013 at 16:53
Packaging designs done by a local too :)


Reply Posted by Roland on Thursday May 9 2013 at 16:58
I too wanted to try these and had to search for outlets for them I found they are available at
Blacker Hall Farm Shop
Budgens Convenience Store (Dodworth)
Costcutter (Dodworth Road, Dodworth, Pogmoor, Monk Bretton)
Yogis convenience Store (Huddersfield Road)
Cannon Hall Farm
Awesome idea, they should get a stall one day a week on Barnsley market and sell a bigger range of food like nans and a selection of starters

Reply Posted by Grace on Thursday May 9 2013 at 18:00
Well done I shall be trying for sure - good luck :)

Reply Posted by Hazel on Friday May 10 2013 at 04:01
Nice surprise to come across your curries in Dodworth. Had them about 4 times do far, lovely

Reply Posted by phil on Friday May 17 2013 at 09:51
jaz was just at cannon hall delivering when i got there the food is Bang on