No nonsense Chef and the King of BBQ Sundays
He didn’t like school, he tried being a security guard at the Hayward gallery and he gave plumbing a go… but nothing quite got him like cooking. After graduating from Jamie Olivers 15 program back in 2011 Hasan ( or Big Has as he’s most affectionately known) went on to spend the next 10 years in and out of kitchens all over London. Perfecting pasta at Palatino, grilling meats at Sardine, and making the odd dish look like a 6ft6 Turkish Cypriot giant didn’t make it, at Craft London.
Hasan is half Turkish Cypriot and half proper North Londoner. He is most recently known for his hugely successful YouTube series Sunday Sessions, which having launchd in January 2021 has already amassed a great following. Its all about the food (And some beautiful camera work) as he takes beautiful ingredients and cooks them up in his downtrodden back garden come rain or shine, served with a side of Has’ signature charisma.
Although Hasan’s restaurant career to date has had a Mediterranean focus, he spends his days off cooking food from all over the world. He has a no nonsense approach to cooking and wants to show everyone thats its easier than you think, no matter what your situation, and that as his BBQ Sundays prove, Food brings people together.
In 2021, Has featured in the special 20th Anniversary issue of Observer Food Monthly, as one of the ‘next big things’ to watch as well as writing regular recipes for the Guardian Feast magazine. Big Has also writes a regular column for Pit Mag, has a spot at Meatopia, and can often be seen hosting supper clubs in Jamie Oliver’s pop up kitchen.
2022 has seen Big Has perfect his live cooking skills (no mean feat) with spots on Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch and The Big Breakfast. 2023 is also set to see him grace our TV screens on a more regular basis.
In August 2022 Big Has became a published author with his debut cookbook ‘Home’ being published by Pavilion. Its an ode to some of his favourite dishes, from North London to North Cyprus whilst also celebrating the places and people that have made him who he is today.