13 December 1969
Gürs was born in Finland to a Turkish father and a Finnish-Swedish mother and grew up in Stockholm and Istanbul. 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. 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.
- 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
- The New York Times (2007-12-09). "Cultures Meet at the Dinner Table". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- The New York Times. "Mikla". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- 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.
- Euronews. "Turkey with a Twist:Combining Cuisine, Culture and Commerce". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- Food and Wine. "Turkish Picnic". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- Sabah. "Gürs: Gastronomi turizmiyle milyonlarca Euro kazanırız". Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- Johnson & Wales University. "Mehmet Gurs '93, Chef, Resturant (sic) Owner". Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- Mikla. "Mehmet Gürs Profile". Retrieved 25 June 2011.
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