LONDON — London’s Ikoyi, co-founded by childhood friends Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale, has been named the American Express One to Watch Award 2021 by 50 Best. The award recognizes a restaurant considered to be a rising star on the global dining scene and aims to celebrate gastronomic excellence and innovation
Since opening in 2017, Ikoyi has distinguished itself for its bold use of flavour, introducing new and original ingredient combinations and presenting them with indefinable style. Chan and Hassan-Odukale have made it their mission to source superlative local produce and serve it in its optimal state. The foundation of their dishes is a vast collection of global spices with a focus on sub-Saharan West Africa, which have been meticulously sourced over the past few years, resulting in menus boasting a balance of heat and umami. The restaurant is situated in the heart of St James’s Market, two minutes’ walk from London’s famous Piccadilly Circus.
“We are extremely humbled by the recognition on the global stage and proud of our small, hard-working team,” says Chan. “We are also grateful to our producers, without whom this success would not be possible.”
50 Best will announce the list of restaurants ranked from 51st to 100th in the annual vote on September 23, ahead of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants being announced on October 5.