Aktar Islam

Aktar Islam is a chef renowned for combining authentic Indian recipes with modern techniques and the finest British produce, to create innovative dishes. To this day he owns the only Indian restaurant in the UK outside of London to hold a Michelin star.


Birthday: 08 April 1980

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There are few chefs in the UK who have done more for the reputation of Indian fine dining in the UK than Aktar Islam. Priding himself both on celebrating British produce and using ingredients in the most innovative ways possible, Islam's forward-thinking style has won him not just a whole host of awards, but a huge amount of respect from his contemporaries.

Born in Birmingham to two Bangladeshi parents in 1980, Islam was surrounded by Indian cookery from a young age and began learning to cook at the age of just seven, when he would watch and help his mother in the kitchen. Meanwhile his father owned and ran a restaurant in Solihull called The Indian Palace, which is where Islam first experienced working in a professional kitchen aged 13. After leaving school just a year after starting to work in the kitchen, he quickly decided that he wanted to dedicate his life to becoming a top chef.

By the age of 20, Islam was leading the kitchen at his father's restaurant and two years later he opened his first restaurant of his own - Lasan, which eventually grew into a larger Birmingham restaurant group (the Lasan group) co-owned by his business partner Jabbar Khan. After appearing on a number of high-profile tv shows, including The F Word and Great British Menu, Islam started to become more of a household name and in 2017 took the decision to leave the Lasan Group and start afresh.

His Birmingham restaurant Opheem opened in 2018 to much acclaim and was awarded a coveted Michelin star just a year after opening. Following on from the success of Opheem, Islam branched out with his next few openings in terms of cuisine, opening and Italian restaurant called Legna in 2018 (now closed), and Pulperia, an Argentinian-inspired steak restaurant in 2020.

Aktar Islam continues to push the boundaries when it comes to Indian cookery and now other cuisines too, and with more restaurants in the pipeline, he doesn't look like a chef who's going to be stopping any time soon.

Aktar Islam's Restaurants

2020

Opheem

2018

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Who is Aktar Islam?
Aktar Islam is a British chef and restaurateur, known for his contemporary style of Indian cooking and for owning Michelin-starred Birmingham restaurant Opheem.

Where does Aktar Islam live
Islam lives in Birmingham where he was also born and brought up.

Does Aktar Islam have children?
Islam has a son called Alex, born in 2007.

Aktar Islam's TV Shows

Aktar Islam has appeared on numerous TV shows, most notably on series 5 of Gordon Ramsay's The F Word and series 6 of BBC's Great British Menu.

Snackmasters
2020 - 2020

Snackmasters

MasterChef: The Professionals
2020 - 2009

MasterChef: The Professionals

Great British Menu
2011 - 2011

Great British Menu

The F Word
2009 - 2009

The F Word

Saturday Kitchen
2006 - 2019

Saturday Kitchen