Mehmet Gürs

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Mehmet Gürs
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Born Mehmet Gürs
(1969-12-13) 13 December 1969 (age 47)
Ekenäs, Finland
Culinary career
Cooking style Ottoman/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 the 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 groups 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". Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  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, Resturant (sic) Owner". Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Mikla. "Mehmet Gürs Profile". Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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