ABOUT US

ISTANBUL COOKING CLASS

Hello everybody, Would you like to cook with us? Would you like to learn to prepare the most delicious Turkish treats? Nothing is easier – and more fun!

Our kitchen is only one subway (metro) station  away from Taksim Square in the neighborhood of Kurtuluş (formerly known as Tatavla) which is one of the few  that have preserved their original socio-ethnic composition since the 17th century Ottoman period and where Muslims, Jews, Armenians and other Christians are still living together in peace.

We start our day with a relaxing walk and shop our way through the streets, stopping at small authentic shops that have been in business for generations. On Saturdays we have the chance to shop at one of the three organic farmers’ bazaars of İstanbul.

…Time for some çay?  Let’s head home, drink our çay and chat a bit to get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere. And then it’s time to get to work! Put on your aprons and get ready to learn how to prepare six different dishes from the Turkish cuisine that we have chosen for you. You can choose the language of the course: German or English. But don’t worry; the food will be genuinely Turkish! Curious about Turkey? We’ll tell you all about Turkish customs and traditions, our history and heritage while cooking together. We are happy to share our knowledge accumulated in 25 years of tourist guiding and 7 years of professional cooking experiences with you.Now everything is ready and we can already hear our stomachs growling!   Let’s set our “çilingir sofrasi” and enjoy our meal with a glass of rakı. Drinking rakı has its own special culture that we are happy to experience together with you. We finish our day with a cup of delicious Turkish coffee and “yolluk”      We are looking forward to meeting you – or do you have a better plan?

Our Team

WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE 25 YEARS OF GUIDING EXPERIENCES AND 7 YEARS OF COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH YOU.

Aysun Hanquet

I`m Aysun Hanquet,

My Mom was a master tailor and a terrific cook. I worked in the textile industry, dressed people for years, and cooked with enthusiasm and made people`s stomachs happy thanks to the mastership I learned from my mom. But now its time to share these experiences on a professional level. I`m happy to have the opportunity to use my English and German and keep them alive.

Aysin Ekinci

Hello!

I`m Aysin. Born in 1964,

I studied at the german Highschool learning English and German.

After graduating from the Faculty of Management I realized that working in an office was nothing for me. I was trained as a Professional Tourist Guide in 1989 and started guiding groups all over Turkey.

Between 1999-2006 I worked in my own restaurant as a cook preparing the most delicious ‘meze’s (starters) of the Turkish Cuisine.

I trained Cooks and aprentices who are currently working in the most distinguished Restaurants of Istanbul.

Now I would like to share my experience in both fields with you.

Gonca Karakoç

Hi, I`m Gonca. I was born in 1968 in Hamburg, Germany. I graduated from the Translation and Interpretation Department (English) in Ankara, Turkey.I was trained as a Professional Tourist Guide in German and English. After I graduated I studied at the University of Florence; Italian Language and Culture. Back home I started working as an interpreter mainly in medical conferences and soon realized that I had together with people and have fun. I started guiding groups in all three languages all over Turkey. I`ve always loved cooking and eating and I suppose it will always be so.The cooking class has always been a dream that finally came true.

TIME SCHEDULE

COOKING CLASSWe cook 6 different typical traditional courses of the Turkish Cuisine variable according to season.

MORNING CLASSES :09.15 – 14.30 (Everyday)

AFTERNOON CLASSES : 16.00 – 21.00 (Everyday)

Fee: 110 USD ($)

No credit cards accepted; payment only in cash.

100% will be refunded if given one week notice prior to facilities and 50% will be refunded if given 72 hours notice or more.

CONTACT US

CONTACT

GSM:

0090 535 574 50 10

0090 532 548 48 10

E-Mail: cookistan@gmail.com

ADDRESS:

DOLAPDERE CAD. YUNUS BEY SOKAK

NO: 32/A PANGALTI – iSTANBUL