Gaz Oakley (aka Avant Garde Vegan) has opened his first restaurant, called Nana O’s.
With three cookbooks under his belt and a huge social media following, Oakley is known for his creative plant-based takes on traditionally meaty dishes. (Vegan 100, for example, shows readers how to make recipes like seitan steak and ‘Kentucky Fried Chick’n.’)
Nana O’s, a traveling pop-up kitchen, is focused on similar comfort food-style dishes.
The pop-up is currently housed in Neighbourhood, a rotating street food kitchen in Cardiff. The menu includes dishes like Fried Oyster Shroom, Pizzetta, The Mac, and vegan crème brulée. Oakley says the recipes were inspired by his nan’s cooking.
Nana O’s on tour
“Since I was a young chef, I have always dreamed of having my own restaurant. Back then, I thought by now for sure I would have one,” Oakley wrote on Instagram. “But life works in mysterious ways.”
“Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would have a cooking show, 3 cookbooks & collaborated with some of the most well-known restaurants & brands around the world,” he added.
“Here we are, 14 years after I first walked into a professional kitchen, announcing the start of my new pop-up restaurant tour concept.”
While the first pop-up is in Cardiff, Oakley says to keep an eye out for announcements for other locations “around the world.”
Nana O’s is a family affair. Oakley told Wales Online that his family is working the pop-up in Cardiff too.
“I’m hoping that this pop-up brings people down from all over the UK to Cardiff,” he added. “Because my audience has been waiting for this moment for a long, long time.”
“Even though we’re going to be doing this tour, this first one’s in Cardiff and I know that people will want to travel for it. It’ll bring people together and it’ll just be an exciting time.”
Nana O’s is open in Cardiff until July 3.
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