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Self-taught chef who started Caribbean street food business in mother's kitchen wins national award

A Black Country lady has been named female chef/restaurateur of the year at a national awards night.

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Natalie Francis won female chef/restaurateur of the year at the Uber Eats award for Doreen's Kitchen, West Bromwich....

Natalie Francis picked up the gong at the Uber Eats Restaurant of the Year Awards for 2023.

Natalie, 42, from West Bromwich, owns Doreen's Kitchen, a food business that sells Caribbean street food.

After first starting the business in her mother's kitchen, it has gone from strength to strength and now has a premises on 118 Beverley Road, West Bromwich.

Doreen's Kitchen serves Caribbean street food

Sharing her delight at the award, Natalie said: "We set up in this premises around a year ago, but before that I set up in my mom's kitchen during Covid, and it blew up so I ended up getting my own place with support from friends, family and the community.