About Istanbul Food

Istanbul Food is about supporting and emphasising the real, local, genuine food and of its people. My people, my food heroes, my esnaf, my artisans… Istanbul Food tells their stories, with my touch, my experiences, my memoirs, a piece of food and culture from the lands of Turkey.

What you may find in Istanbul Food; beyond beautifully written articles and mouthwatering photography, Istanbul Food will also guide you to real food in Istanbul and also in Turkey with my observations based on my 22 years of professional food background and expertise, my own palate, choices and own precious time.

Istanbul Food does not have any sponsors, so I can write all about there is, frankly!

About me, Tuba

I was born in 1972, to a Thessaloniki, Istanbul and Mardin compound family. Being raised by a refined grandmother and a true gourmet mother, not to forget my father’s heritage of the gorgeous southeast tastes of Turkey, I integrate the best of all cultures with in my blood. While cooking with my granny, I learned all about the fundamentals of cooking and kitchen while my mother, living on the coast of Aegean sea, garnished me with all the fine touches and refined tastes. A great way to grow up! I was lucky!

Now for the curious minds… After my graduation from Bilkent University, I worked in kitchen and service department in many hotels as part of my  training, starting my way through a successful career in Food and Beverage industry. I participated in pre-opening of an international chain hotels, an international restaurant as well as a university. I was one of the first female F&B managers in the international hotel chains in Turkey.I founded my own business IstanbulFood on 2009. As well as writing about Turkish food and culture to local press and international magazines, I provide consultancy to restaurants, chefs, I teach courses in universities and gastronomy academies.

Tuba ŞatanaMy first book Güneşin ve Ateşin Tadı, Gaziantep Mutfağı is out in 2012 from YKY, me being the photographer.

I am still working as a professional photographer, food story teller an irrepressible traveller, after the perfect bite.

So, enjoy!