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Aktar Islam is an award-winning English chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur. In May 2018, he opened Opheem in Summer Row, Birmingham. It is the sixth restaurants Aktar has established in and around Birmingham and the first for which he has had 100% creative control.
Opheem has a 70-cover restaurant with a sleek bar on Summer Row near the city’s iconic Jewellery Quarter. It celebrates the culinary heritage of India and showcases Aktar’s passion for progressive Indian gastronomy while delving into the country’s ancient culinary traditions. Opheem champions the subcontinent’s distinctive flavours, spices, textures, taste balances and applies modern techniques and flair.
Aktar became a household name in 2009 when his skills in the kitchen put his former restaurant Lasan on the map as the first Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom to be selected as the "Best Local Restaurant" by Gordon Ramsay on Channel 4's The F Word. In June 2011, the chef cemented his culinary credentials by winning BBC Two’s Great British Menu.
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