On Monday 17th October, ASK Italian attempted the Guinness World Record for ‘Giantipasti’, the world’s biggest antipasti board, to celebrate the launch of their delicious new autumn menu developed in conjunction with Theo Randall, an expert friend of ASK Italian. Taking place at their new-look Gloucester Road restaurant, the antipasti board featured a mouth-watering array of 62,100g of ingredients including; 16,000g of cured meats, 13,000g of cheese and 13,000g of vegetables across an antipasti board measuring 10 metres long to set the first ever record of its kind.
ASK Italian is one of the UK’s leading casual dining restaurant brands, with over 110 restaurants throughout the country, driven by a passion for seeking out the best of Italian food and culture. They are devoted to creating an easy going atmosphere, so you can connect with people around you and enjoy meals as much as the Italians do.
Stretching the entire length of the restaurant, a dedicated ASK Italian team in conjunction with world renowned chef Theo Randall, spent 3 hours building the feast for guests to enjoy. The board was laid with carefully selected ingredients from ASK Italian’s four new antipasti boards, leaving guests spoilt for choice with a range of smoked prosciutto, rosemary & sea salt bread, fioncchiona salami and a variety of Italian cheeses.
Theo Randall is one of the country’s most celebrated chefs who specialises in Italian cuisine. His restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane was recently voted in the top 100 UK restaurants by the National Restaurant Awards 2016. Theo has been involved with ASK Italian for several years, spending thousands of hours in the kitchen to create new dishes and ways to bring a contemporary twist to Italian classics. Theo has proved instrumental in helping ASK Italian capture the true essence of Italian cooking.
Created in conjunction with Theo Randall, ASK Italian’s new autumn menu was devised to celebrate the ‘Joy of Italian Eating’; featuring beautifully crafted dishes, sharers and complimenting their 100% Italian wine list. Like generations of Italians, ASK Italian are encouraging guests to take a moment away from the grind of daily life, connect with the people around them and truly relish effortlessly enjoyable Italian food.
Corinne Prior, Marketing Director of ASK Italian commented, “We are so excited to have been the first people to ever attempt a world record sized antipasti. Sharing a ‘Giantipasti’ is a perfect example of our desire to bring people together with food just like the Italians do. We look forward to welcoming everyone to try the new menu.”
Theo Randall, one of ASK Italian’s expert friends said, “It was a great experience to work with ASK Italian’s team to create ‘Giantipasti’. Antipasti has an important role in Italy to draw people together, prompting interaction through the act of sharing and bringing the conversation to life. Giantipasti is the perfect way for ASK Italian to bring this concept to life.”
Last year, ASK Italian proudly won best menu in the Mediterranean Casual Dining category at the restaurant MIDAS awards, and was named ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ in the 2015 Pizza and Pasta Association Awards.
ASK Italian are waiting to hear if their ‘Giantipasti’ has made it into the Guinness World Records. Their new autumn menu is now available in all restaurants andcan be viewed online at www.askitalian.co.uk
Check out the Vitality Edition of SLOAN! for our in-depth interview with Theo Randall – coming out soon!