A CHAMPION chef is getting ready to take on one of his toughest jobs - cooking for thousands at the Kirklees Mela.
Aurangzeb Khan and his team face a 14-hour slog at Huddersfield's Greenhead Park on Sunday.
They will be catering for visitors, performers and guests in the VIP marquee.
A team of six chefs will help Aurangzeb, who owns the Kabana Take-Away in the town's Trinity Street.
They will be setting up in the park at 4.30am and won't get to leave until 7pm.
Far from daunted, Aurangzeb said: "It's like a family get-together with a carnival atmosphere.
"Lots of the people who go to the Mela are my customers, some of whom have been coming to my shop for 15 years."
Aurangzeb, who was Kirklees Curry Chef of the Year in 1999, has cooked at every Kirklees Mela apart from one that was rained off.
It will take him more than four hours to set up his stall and VIP marquee on Sunday.
Cooking will start at about 7am after the arrival of two van-loads of equipment and food stuffs.
From then on, there will be a constant stream of Indian delicacies from the team.
"We keep cooking until we run out which is always about 6pm," said Aurangzeb.
He won't be able to rest after the Mela however. The Kabana take-away is open for business as usual on Sunday evening.
* HERE'S what you can get from the Kabana stall at the Mela:
* For starters, there will be meat and vegetable samosas, chicken and keema rolls, chicken boti and salad.
* Main courses are lamb and chicken masala, lentil curry, briyani and naan bread.
* Traditional milky, sweet desserts like kheer and feerny will also be served.