Naughty Naans is spicing up life at Bishop's Stortford's Eat17
A former Birchwood High School student's dream of turning her passion for pizza and skill with spice into a permanent street food stall in Bishop's Stortford has come true.
Naughty Naans creator Charlotte Hoole, 22, is joining the vendors at Eat17 in Potter Street on Tuesday (December 3) after a series of successful pop-ups at the Wheatsheaf pub in Northgate End.
Her naanzerotti – Italian-style Indian food – are deep-fried, curry-stuffed, calzone-style naan breads served with arancini-style, saffron-infused vegetable biryani balls coated in garlic, coriander and peshwari naan breadcrumb and giant onion bhaji.
For her new venture, she has added vegan and gluten-free options to her vegetarian range. She will be serving her creations from noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm Tuesdays to Fridays, from noon to 9pm on Saturdays and noon to 3pm on Sundays.
Charlotte, who also attended Manor Fields primary, said: "The speed at which my street food pop-up idea has moved from experimenting with recipes to having my own permanent premises has been both scary and exciting.
"Since I'm fairly young, I was worried that it would be difficult to get people to take me seriously. But I've had tremendous support and encouragement from my family and friends and other local business owners, particularly Michelle Brace at the Wheatsheaf, who has been incredibly supportive.
"Once I'm settled into Eat 17, I hope to take on at least one person to help run the restaurant. Again, that will involve lots of new daunting responsibilities, but it's a good feeling to think I'm doing my small part to create jobs in the area.
"It's a big step up but I'm feeling ready for the challenge. I encourage everyone with a small idea to just go for it. I've definitely put myself out of my comfort zone, but each step is getting me exactly where I want to be, doing what I love."
Charlotte, who was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was eight, set up her business after taking time out from a textile design degree studies in Nottingham.
She said: "After a tough couple of years and not knowing what I wanted to do in life, I'm so proud that I'm now following my passion. Eat17, bring it on!"
Naughty Naans replaces Road Dogs hot dogs at Eat17 while Waffle On has replaced Lekker Poffertjes Dutch pancakes.
Bettine Frohn and Eddie Ruffett launched Waffle On in 2012. Their signature buttermilk waffles proved a hit in London at events and street markets, and they were named London's Best Waffles by the Evening Standard.
Eat17 founder James Brundle, also a former Birchwood High School student, said: "We have two great people coming at once which is great news."
The new traders join Petrucci's pizza, Sukira's Noodles, Katsu Charlie, Buffalo Joe's and Eat 17's in-house café at the Potter Street emporium, which offers a takeaway service with GoGetters.
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