In the second episode, after sifting through over 12,000 nominations, Gordon presents his two finest Indian restaurants, Bradford's Prashad and The Brilliant. Prashad is a family affair. The restaurant is run by Bobby and his wife Minal, who is the head chef, while Bobby's mother Kaushy was responsible for training Minal and now helps in the kitchen. Bobby's father Mohan works front of house with his son. Prashad was originally run by Bobby's mother Kaushy. She learned to cook as a girl in India, helping her landowner grandmother prepare feasts for the farm workers. When her daughter-in-law, Minal, arrived from India after marrying Bobby, Kushay encouraged her to start cooking as a way of finding her feet in a new country.
Big in size and reputation, the Brilliant Restaurant is a family-run Southall institution. The Brilliant is headed by owner, Gulu, whose son and daughter work for him in the restaurant. They recently persuaded their father to spend a lot of money renovating the place, to attract a more modern customer base. The restaurant was set up by brothers Gulu and Kewal Anand, who came to Britain in 1972 from Nairobi, where they ran a successful restaurant called Brilliant. After moving to England, the brothers began a small-scale catering company, operating out of the family's shed.