The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has been announced. This year, two names on the list made Cormep proud. Mikla, Beyoglu, Istanbul, 52nd owned by Chef Mehmet Gürs and Neolokal, Karakoy, Istanbul, 110th owned by Chef Maksut Askar.
Turkey's most recognized chef, Mehmet Gürs was actually born to a Turkish father and Swedish-Finnish mother. Trained in the U.S., Gürs brought proper American and Italian classics to his multiple restaurants in Istanbul, pleasing many an expat. Mikla was number 44 on the "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list for 2018, which they also dubbed dining "with the best views in the world." Gürs also shares his knowledge and research of Turkish culinary traditions and heritage in a series of interesting and educational YouTube videos.
Definitely one of the most popular and well-known chefs to come out of Istanbul in recent years for taking a modern twist on Turkish cuisine, Maksut Aşkar is the chef behind Neolokal, a restaurant in Salt Galata with spectacular views of the Golden Horn.
Istanbul's fine dining scene is being revolutionised to embrace Turkish cuisine in new perspectives. There are a number of master chefs receiving international accolades for their innovation and talent in bringing Turkish food to the forefront of global cuisine. Luckily, they also have a number of excellent restaurants making a buzz in Istanbul, where you can enjoy some of the best food in the world.