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Gordon Ramsay’s popular food pro-
gramme on Channel 4, The F Word,
has named Lasan in Birmingham as
the country’s best local restaurant,
after an exhaustive search. Following
10,000 public nominations, Lasan
was chosen as one of 18 restau-
rants to compete in different catego-
ries; Italian, Indian, French, Chinese,
Spanish, Thai, The Americas, British,
and Rest of the World. The top six were
then chosen to compete in the semi-
finals, which included cooking for
VIP guests - including Enam Ali - at
Ramsey’s flagship restaurant at Royal
Hospital Road, London.
Lasan won the prestigious F Word
title after beating off competition from
British restaurant, The Pheasant.
Lasan received the highest score from
The F Word diners, made up of lead-
ing food critics, to be crowned the
winner by Ramsay, who made the final
decision.
Chef Director Aktar Islam created a
three-course meal for the 50 criti-
cal diners, using rare breed beef and
chicken from Janet Street-Porter’s
farm. Under Chef Ramsay’s watchful
eye, the Lasan team faced their tough-
est service yet, but came out on top to
win the title.
Aktar said: “Winning The F Word com-
petition is an amazing achievement
and I’m honoured to have worked so
closely with one of the world’s best kitchen reminded him of himself. He Group, summed up the owners’
chefs. This title goes a long way to also championed Lasan’s approach to feelings:”to have a chef of the calibre
proving that not only is Indian food dining and stated the food was some of of Gordon Ramsay acknowledge the
one of the most popular in the UK, but the best he had tasted outside of India. quality and complexity of the menus
that it is more than just takeaways and we create and serve, is a real honour.
Tikka Massalas.” The F Word win follows a number of Lasan has gone from strength to
recent awards and accolades, includ- strength over the past few years and
Throughout the competition, Ramsay ing British Curry Award and Michelin we a re delighted to add The F Word
praised Aktar’s culinary ‘genius’ Guide recommendation. Jabbar Khan, win to our list of accolades.”
and said that his ‘confidence’ in the Director of the Lasan Restaurant
Spice Business Magazine 39 February | March 2010
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