Tuesday 17 October 2023
With two Michelin stars to his name, Gareth is regarded as one of the country’s top and most unique chefs.
Gareth is the chef patron of Ynyshir in Powys, Wales, which was recently named as the UK’s best restaurant for a second successive year at the National Restaurant Awards thanks to its extraordinary Asian-influenced dishes. Gareth began as Head Chef in 2013, and it took only a year for him to earn his first Michelin star, before leading Ynyshir to become the first restaurant in Wales to achieve five AA rosettes. 2022 saw Gareth claim his second Michelin star.
After learning his trade at a series of Michelin-starred restaurants including Restaurant Sat Bains and Hambleton Hall, Gareth was awarded with the GQ chef of the year for 2023, securing his place as one of the world’s best.
Tuesday 27 Feburary 2024
After making his name as a winner of Gordon Ramsay’s F Word In 2010, Aktar has gone on to emerge as one of the most versatile and innovative chefs in the UK. His restaurant in Birmingham, Opheem, won its first Michelin star in 2019, becoming the first Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant in the UK outside of London to do so.
Aktar won series six of the BBC series, Great British Menu, and now regularly features as both a judge and mentor on Masterchef: The Professionals.
As well as Opheem, which was voted in the top 60 British restaurants at the National Restaurant Awards in 2023, Aktar set up his own food delivery service called ‘Aktar at Home’ in 2020 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.