About Istanbul Food
Istanbul Food is about supporting and emphasizing 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 25 years of professional food background and expertise, my own palate, choices and own precious time, not to mention my money…
Istanbul Food does not have any sponsors, so I can write all about there is, frankly!
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 within 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 the kitchen and service department in many hotels as part of my training, starting my way through a successful career in the Food and Beverage industry. I participated in the pre-opening of 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 in 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.
I am still managing tourism projects, writing, talking, teaching, and traveling. Istanbul is my home, and I share it with my family of five.
Food is personal!