THM Online Seminar
The Department of Tourism and Hotel Management of Bilkent University, member of the Alliance by Institut Paul Bocuse, cordially invites you to the online seminar titled “Turkish cuisine – Carrying tradition to the future: A chef’s perspective of our food and how it is perceived internationally, challenges, potentials, and solutions for the future” by Somer Sivrioğlu, THM’93, MasterChef Turkey Jury Member on 9 March 2022 at 20:00 (GMT+3).
The seminar will be in English and it is within the scope of GE 250 and GE 251.
***This is an online event. To obtain Zoom link and password, please contact to the department.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Somer grew up around kitchens – his mum was a chef/restaurateur, so Somer knew right from the start it takes a lot of hard work and passion when it comes to the food industry.
He spent his first 25 years in Istanbul, Turkey, before moving to Australia to study MBA at UTS, then falling in love with Australia and starting his own Turkish restaurant Efendy in Balmain, Sydney, in 2007. Since it opened, Efendy became the custodian of Turkish food in Australia, winning several local and national awards. In 2015, Somer realized his lifelong dream of co-authoring his first cookbook, Anatolia, printed in five countries in 3 languages and winning the prestigious IACP award for the best international cookbook in the USA.
In 2016, Somer opened his second restaurant Anason, the first permanent restaurant to open in Barangaroo, getting rave reviews and an award for the best new restaurant.
In 2018, Somer was offered a host and judge position at Masterchef Turkey. In its fourth season, he continues with the program, recording over 300 episodes and ranking number one reality show on prime time for the last three years.
Somer is a graduate of the Tourism and Hotel Management Department, Bilkent University.