GORDON RAMSAY CROWNS LASAN UK’S BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT.
Gordon Ramsay’s nationwide search for The F Word’s Best Local Restaurant 2010 has drawn to a close with Lasan picking up the prestigious title.
Lasan win 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 leading food critics, to be crowned the winner by Ramsay, who made the final decision.
Chef Director Aktar Islam created a delicious three-course feast for the 50 critical diners, using rare breed beef and chicken from Janet Street-Porter’s farm. Under Ramsay’s watchful eye, the Lasan team faced their toughest service yet but came out on top to win the title.
“Winning The F Word competition is an amazing achievement and I’m honoured to have worked so closely with one of the world’s best chefs. This title goes a long way to proving that not only is Indian food one of the most popular in the UK, but that it is more than just takeaways and Tikka Massalas. I aim to create authentic menus that are a true representation of Indian cuisine.”
Throughout the competition, Ramsay praised Aktar’s culinary ‘genius’ and said that his ‘confidence’ in the kitchen reminded him of himself. He also championed Lasan’s approach to dining and stated the food was some of the best he’s tasted outside of India. Using authentic and original recipes, Lasan prides itself on offering a quality dining experience that challenges perceptions of Indian cuisine beyond local takeaway restaurants.
Following 10,000 public nominations, Lasan was chosen as one of 18 restaurants to compete in different categories; 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 prestigious guests at Ramsey’s flagship restaurant at Royal Hospital Road, London.
The F Word win joins a number of recent awards and accolades, including British Curry Award and Michelin Guide recommendation.
Jabbar Khan, Director of the Lasan Restaurant Group, said:
“Our goal has always been to promote the breadth and sophistication of Indian cuisine. To have a chef of the calibre of Gordon Ramsay acknowledge the quality and complexity of the menus we create and serve, is a real honour. Lasan has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and we’re delighted to add The F Word win to our list of accolades.”
The winning F Word menu is now available to sample at Lasan.