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 spent lockdown sharing recipes on Instagram and partnering up with Passo To Go making pasta kits for restaurant goers to eat restaurant quality food, in the comfort of their own home.
Hasan is half Turkish Cypriot and half proper North Londoner. Recently he is best known for his very successful YouTube series Sunday Sessions which has amassed a great following in a short amount of time having only launched in January 2021. Its all about the food (And some beautiful camera work) as he takes beautiful ingredients and cooks them up in his back garden come rain or shine, served with a side of Has’ signature charisma.
Although Hasan’s restaurant career to date has had a mediterannean 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.
Big Has now 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.
2021 saw 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. His debut Cookbook “Home, Recipes from North Cyprus to North London” will be published by Pavilion in June 2022.