THE owner of a restaurant that was shut twice in one year by environmental health officers has been banned from managing a food business after he failed to meet hygiene standards.

Chusak Phetmalaikul, the former managing director of Pawin Thai Ltd, which ran The Royal Thai Restaurant in Parkgate, Darlington, admitted six breaches of food hygiene regulations at a hearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court in September.

The court heard during an inspection in July, Darlington Borough Council environmental health officer Edward Whelan was “shocked” at the level of food hygiene at the premises and issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, shutting it down temporarily.

His restaurant had already been temporarily shut in February this year due to high levels of carbon monoxide caused by a poorly-maintained Chinese cooking range and ventilation system.

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