Vegan chef Gaz Oakley is opening a mobile pop-up restaurant – vegconomist

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vegan chef Gas Oakleybest known for his YouTube channel Forward-thinking veganannounced that he was going to open a traveling pop-up restaurant called Nana O’s.

Named after his grandmother, the restaurant will start in Oakley’s hometown of Cardiff and focus on comfort food. The chef announced in 2016 that he would open a restaurant once he reached one million YouTube subscribers, a milestone he reached during the pandemic.

“I have always dreamed of having my own restaurant”

Due to recent challenges facing the hospitality industry, as well as its desire to have a vegetable garden on its restaurant premises, Oakley says a permanent site is currently not feasible. Instead, he chose a popup concept – and hundreds of bookings have already been made since his announcement. Nana O’s will open at Cardiff’s Neighborhood Kitchen from June 23 to July 3.

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“Ever since I was a young chef, I always dreamed of having my own restaurant and at the time I thought I would have one…but life works in mysterious ways,” Oakley said on Instagram. “Here we are 14 years after I entered a professional kitchen, heralding the start of my new pop-up restaurant tour concept, Nana O’s. It’s only right that I start in the city where I started cooking, my hometown Cardiff .

Collaborations

In recent years, Gaz Oakley has worked with several companies – he creates dishes for The Vurger Co and designed a vegan jacket in collaboration with fashion brand Embassy of Bricks and Logs. Additionally, Oakley supported grain and pulse brand Merchant Gourmet in its transition to becoming all plant-based and created a dish called Avant Gard’n for restaurant chain Wagamama – which became 50% plant-based. of plants last October.

“The Wagamama collaboration is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” Oakley said. Totally Vegan Buzz. “For a mainstream restaurant like Wagamama to give me the opportunity is just amazing.”

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