Aktar Islam is stepping down as chef director of Birmingham’s Lasan restaurant group.
The celebrity chef plans to pursue other opportunities in the industry.
Business partner Jabbar Khan launched Lasan in the Jewellery Quarter in 2002 with £11,000 in his pocket.
Since then, the group has expanded into an £8m business which includes Fiesta del Asado, Nosh & Quaff, Raja Monkey Cafe and Izza Pizza in Selfridges.
Jabbar said: “Aktar’s a personal friend and it’s been great working with him over the years.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Aktar and I wish him every success as he moves on to fresh challenges.”
Aktar said: “I’ve decided that it’s time to branch out to achieve my own personal and professional goals and I’m excited at the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Islam, originally from Birmingham, came to fame when Lasan became the first Indian restaurant to be selected as 'Best Local Restaurant' by Gordon Ramsey on Channel 4's The F Word.
After the triumph, they had to bring in extra staff just to answer the phone from diners wanting to book and there was soon a 12-week waiting list.
Islam has also starred on Saturday Kitchen which will have done his profile no harm.
He's shared a kiss with friend Michael Buble at one of the singer's Birmingham concerts and has entertained the likes of Gary Barlow who dined at Lasan in 2013 saying it was the “best Indian food he had ever had eaten!”
Lasan is currently closed for refurbishment but will reopen on Friday, October 27. The company has promised that the venue will be “completely transformed” after six weeks of work.
A statement from the restaurant group said: “We don’t want to give too much away at present, but you can expect a stunning and more spacious interior and a new menu to match.
“We promise you future dining experiences that will knock your socks off!”