MasterChef winner Shelina Permaloo forced to close restaurant after break in

MasterChef winner Shelina Permaloo was forced to delay the reopening of her restaurant after thieves broke in.

Her restaurant Lakaz Maman, which serves Mauritian street food, had been closed for 125 days during lockdown.

The chef’s delivery systems were stolen, leaving her unable to reopen for takeaway orders.

She posted a picture of Lakaz Maman’s front door on Instagram on Thursday, which showed the glass had been smashed in.

Shelina wrote: ‘We were excited to open our doors today for our first day serving food @lakazmaman after being closed for over 125 days of trading to find that someone had broken into our wonderful tropical haven and have stolen a significant amount of things of value including all of our delivery systems for our online takeaways.

‘So it is with so much regret we cannot serve you guys today but we are resilient and we will be back to you all tomorrow. Send us big love and virtual hugs its all a BIT MUCH!’

A short video on the restaurant’s Instagram account further showed the damage to the door, with shards of glass all over the floor.

The caption read: ‘Absolute cretins to do this to small businesses like us. We are so sorry we can’t serve you today but we are preparing for tomorrow.’

Some of the dishes listed on the takeaway menu include chicken and mango island style wraps, and gajaks – Mauritian starters.

Shelina triumphed on the BBC cooking competition in 2012. has contacted Shelina’s rep for further comment.

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