Mehmet Gürs

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Mehmet Gürs
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Mehmet Gürs

(1969-12-13) 13 December 1969 (age 49)
Culinary career
Cooking styleOttoman/Turkish/Finnish[1]

Mehmet Gürs (born 13 December 1969) is a Turkish celebrity chef,[3] television personality and restaurateur.[4] He is considered to be Istanbul's most recognizable chef.[5][6]


Gürs was born in Finland to a Turkish father and a Finnish-Swedish mother and grew up in Stockholm and Istanbul.[5] He spent eight years training and working as a chef in the United States; from 1990 to 1993 he studied Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Johnson & Wales University.[7][8] In the mid 1990s, he returned to Turkey to start his first restaurant called Downtown; six years later he opened Lokanta and then Mikla in 2005.[3]

Gürs's Istanbul Food & Beverage Group now consists of Mikla, the numnum café & restaurant, Trattoria Enzo, Kronotrop, Terra Kitchen chain and the group's research lab, the workshop.


  • 2006:Best Restaurant/ Mikla- TimeOut Istanbul
  • 2004:Best Bar/ NuTeras- TimeOut Istanbul
  • 2003:Best Chef/Mehmet Gürs- TimeOut Istanbul
  • 2002:Best Bar/ NuTeras- TimeOut Istanbul
  • 2001:Best Restaurant/ Downtown- TimeOut Istanbul

Personal life[edit]

Gürs is married and has a son named Bora. He speaks Swedish, Turkish, French, and English.[8]


  1. ^ The New York Times (2007-12-09). "Cultures Meet at the Dinner Table". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ The New York Times. "Mikla". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b The Sunday Morning Herald (2010-10-08). "Celebrity chef with an anthropologist's interest in rare food". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ Euronews. "Turkey with a Twist:Combining Cuisine, Culture and Commerce". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  5. ^ a b Food and Wine. "Turkish Picnic". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  6. ^ Sabah. "Gürs: Gastronomi turizmiyle milyonlarca Euro kazanırız". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  7. ^ Johnson & Wales University. "Mehmet Gurs '93, Chef, Restaurant Owner". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b Mikla. "Mehmet Gürs Profile". Retrieved 25 June 2011.

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