When Gordon Ramsay and co-host Cajun Chef and author Gordon Ramsay announced they were opening a restaurant in New Orleans, they did so with a simple message.
“We are opening a halal restaurant,” Ramsay said in an online video announcing the move.
“This is something that we want to try and do.”
But while the video may have had a simple tone, the restaurant would be the first halal kitchen in the US.
That’s because a halil certification has been granted to Gordon Ramsay’s New Orleans restaurant, Cajuns Kitchen.
But how does a restaurant get certification?
It can’t just be a simple check in a box.
The restaurant needs to be inspected by a Muslim certifying body, which requires a rigorous series of tests to ensure the food is safe to eat.
There are three different kinds of certification: religious, medical and ethical.
The Muslim Food & Wine Certification Authority (MFFCA) says that the first two requirements are not “unrelated” to halal certification.
They are the tests that are required by the MFFCA, which are a mix of Muslim religious tests and medical tests.
And the third requirement is the certification of the halals kitchen, which is not tied to a specific food.
“The MFFACA is a non-profit organisation that promotes the benefits of halal cooking,” MFFA chief executive officer Dr Muhammad Aqeel told The Independent.
“It provides certification for all restaurants, as well as for food and beverages sold by restaurants.”
So how does the certification work?
The MFFSA is a government body which oversees the certification process for food, drink and food products across the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
It also sets out the standards that restaurants must meet, including those on halal quality and standards.
The certification is valid for a period of three years.
But that’s not all there is to it.
In order to be certified, the restaurants also need to pass tests to prove they are halal and adhere to the strict rules on the food and drink.
“Food safety is a very important part of any restaurant’s operations,” said MFFSCA spokesperson, Dr Mohammad Aqeen.
“In order to achieve a certification from the MFLA, we need to have at least two health-related testing tests conducted,” he said.
These are known as “health screenings”, and are part of a comprehensive system.
For example, one test measures blood alcohol level, and another tests blood pressure.
The tests are taken at the end of the three-year certification, and are taken to verify whether the food was produced by a halala kitchen or not.
It’s also important to note that the certification does not mean the food will be halal.
The MFLCA says the certification only covers the food, and the halala kitchens are the only ones allowed to use the products they produce.
“All halal kitchens must follow strict guidelines for food safety and must follow the halality rules of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” the MFA said in a statement.
“These rules apply to all halal cookery in the United States, and any food produced by halal cooks must be labelled with the words ‘halal’ or ‘halala’,” the statement continued.
What about all the halalis themselves? “
Any restaurant producing food, whether halal or not, must adhere to FDA regulations for its production and safety.”
What about all the halalis themselves?
Halal kitchens have long been associated with Muslim countries, but not always in the way that you might expect.
In the 1970s and 1980s, halal restaurants were a relatively new thing in the UK.
But by the early 1990s, many halal chefs were starting to set up restaurants in the south of England, including Gordon Ramsay.
“There are now over 30,000 restaurants in Britain, many of which are halals,” Ramsay told the BBC in 2011.
“Most of them have halal status.”
So why the shift?
In recent years, there have been halalised versions of the American Indian restaurant.
This trend has seen more and more halal diners arriving in Britain.
And there is a strong appetite for halal meals in the Muslim world.
“For me, I think it’s because of the pressure on halals [sic],” said Ramsay.
So how do I get certified?
For a restaurant to be halala, the certification must be passed by the UK Halal Food & Beverage Certification Authority.
It can be done through the MFSDA’s website, or by calling the UK halal certifying office.
The authority also certifies all food sold in the British Isles, so if you want to serve halal foods in