Mehmet Gürs, chef and partner of Mikla. He is credited by many to be the one “kicking off the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul” when he returned from the US to start his first restaurant in 1996. He is most known for his introduction of the visionary “New Anatolian Kitchen”. In this new approach, traditional and true “noble” products are treated with utmost respect while being transformed with a blend of new and ancient techniques. Years of extensive research and a dedicated creative process together with a team of Chefs, a full-time research team, Villagers, Mothers and Grandfathers has resulted in an extensive network and a deep knowledge of the traditional habits, products, techniques of the area. With a successful cooperation between the keepers of the land and the chefs in the city as a result. Mikla has been on The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant list since 2015.
Mehmet Gürs is a sought-after keynote speaker at major International Culinary events and Conferences. He is also one of the creators of the YEDİ Food Conference in Istanbul. YEDİ is an international food conference aimed to bring together chefs, producers, scientists and opinion leaders around powerful discussions on food and beyond.