Birmingham restaurant Lasan in F-Word semi-final battle
Top Birmingham chef Aktar Islam hits the TV screens again tonight as he bids to book a place in the final of Gordon Ramsay’s competition to find the best local restaurant.
Aktar Islam, head chef at Lasan restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter, and his second-in-command Aysan Sheikh, will battle against chefs from two other British diners in the second semi-final of Ramsay’s popular Channel 4 series The F Word.
Lasan was crowned Britain’s best curry house in an earlier episode of the series and qualified for the semi-finals along with the five other top-scoring restaurants in the competition’s nine food categories.
The heat is being turned up a notch in the semi-final stage and to reach the final Aktar and Aysan must supersede their rivals, Chinese restaurant Sweet Mandarin and Argentinian eatery Santa Maria, in two separate challenges.
The first is designed to test consistency and will see secret customers dine at the three establishments, with the two most impressive competitors going forwards.
In the second stage, Ramsay will ask the four remaining chefs to prepare 30 meals, all ordered at the same time, in the kitchen of his exclusive self-titled restaurant in Chelsea.
Birmingham-born Aktar, aged 29, said he hoped his efforts would further enhance the city's reputation on the culinary scene.
"This is a good opportunity to show the rest of the UK the good food coming out of Birmingham," he said.