Business boost for Ribble Valley Cantonese restaurant

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A LEADING Cantonese restaurant in the Ribble Valley – winner of Gordon Ramsay’s best Chinese in the UK 2010 – has formed a groundbreaking partnership with the Authentic Food Company.

Yu & You, based in Copster Green, will oversee production and development of the Authentic Food Company’s rapidly expanding Oriental range, which will be launched in the spring.

Head Chef Victor Yu and brother Vinny will assist in the creation of new, innovative products that are true to their Chinese heritage and reflect the different flavour combinations of regional East Asian cuisines.

New dishes currently in development include a premium chow mein and a king prawn recipe in a Cantonese sauce. These dishes will complement the company’s current selection of products such as Kung Po Chicken, Beef in Black Bean Sauce, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Singapore Noodles and Special Fried Rice.

The investment in the Authentic Food Company’s Oriental range will also see a focus on improving the variety and quality of protein used within each dish.

Nik Basran, Managing Director of the Authentic Food Company, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Vinny and Victor and the Yu & You team on board with us. Their credentials and reputation for quality, well-prepared food match our own and I am sure that our collective aim to produce market-leading Chinese cuisine for our customers will be an exciting and rewarding journey.”

Vinny, from Yu & You, added: “It’s really exciting to be embarking on this partnership with the Authentic Food Company. They recognise the importance of keeping their ranges reinvigorated with new ingredients and flavour combinations and we’re looking forward to supporting them during this process. Our shared expertise for producing superior, restaurant-quality food will deliver tasty results.”

Family-run restaurant, Yu & You, featured on TV chef Ramsay’s Best Restaurant show on Channel 4 last year. It went head-to-head with exclusive London restaurant Kai to be named the UK’s best Chinese.