At 27 years old, Cem Oktem runs two takeaways in Lancashire, Packet Bridge in Bolton-Le-Sands, which he opened nine years ago with his dad and brother, and Westgate Fish & Chips in Morecambe, which came to fruition less than a year ago.
Clocking up 13 years experience already as well as a 12-strong team, we talk to Cem about running two shops, his new Kiremko frying range and plans for expansion.
Do you think starting so young in fish and chips benefited you?
Yes, I think so because you get to see things from a different perspective, you can see what others have done and identify the good habits as well as the bad ones! It also means you’ve got loads to learn and I think people are a bit more open to advising younger people than they are to someone with a bit more experience.