Culinary Tours

Cooking in Istanbul – Learn How to Cook a Seasonal Turkish Menu (Half day)

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You are invited to a beautiful kitchen on the Asian banks of the Bosphorus with an outstanding view, to meet Claudia and cook a 4-course lunch together. A rich and fabulous Turkish style menu will be prepared according to the season and the requests of clients. After a challenging few hours in the kitchen, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our hard work on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Bosphorus, along with a nice glass of Turkish wine.

Tour Leader

me drinking cay in OdemisHi! My name is Claudia, a longtime resident of Istanbul with a lot to say about my life here! This includes what I do, cook and subsequently eat. Istanbul is great in many ways: it may have way too much traffic, the city is overcrowded and the amount of construction defies belief but yet I can't deny that life is fun on many levels.

You may wonder how long I have lived here and the answer is an amazing 30+ years. It has opened up so many doors above all with wonderful friendships across so many borders. It has forced me to get to grips with social media. I am still learning, that's for sure! And it has developed in me a deep interest in what Turkey is producing and what the markets have to offer. My cooking has improved enormously and I have learned so much about this rich cuisine that is based on the marvelous fresh produce that is available here.

Turkey is a wonderful country with a lot to offer both culinary as well as  historical and archaeological. I hope you enjoy my tours! All I can say at this point is:

Afiyet olsun!

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
  • +Enjoy a sunday brunch along Bosphorus
  • +Visit nearby Black Sea towns
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine
  • -Do not be shy with locals

Prices

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6-7 Pax

€449

€239

€169

€135

€115

99

Prices are per person and quoted in Euros.

Note: This is a walking tour and starts from a designated meeting point. If you require transfers between your hotel and the meeting point, please add €150 on top for a round trip.

Prices Include:

  • Cooking class by Claudia Turgut
  • Rental fee of the kitchen
  • All ingredients
  • All recipes printed
  • Local Turkish wine

Prices Do Not Include:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Testimonials

  • Hi gorgeous.
    What can I say to someone who has just given us the most wonderful trip of our lives. Over the past 40 years we have been extremely lucky and travelled to most countries in the world through many travel agents and organisers but never before have we been looked after to the level that you showed us. You not only exceeded our expectations but you set a new standard for future travel, that I doubt anyone will even come close to. The tailored itinerary you, Frances and Gursan set for us, was perfect and fitted all our personal interests. The hotels you selected where all wonderful and always in the right position. The guides and drivers where sensational, especially Arzu and always turned up early for pickups. I was delighted when Marlie (not sure the spelling is correct) picked us up for our final trip to the airport. He was so good to us during our trip around and seeing him again was like greeting an old and very special friend and when we said good-by he gave me a gift that I will treasure always.
    During the flight home Elaine and I tried to decide on a highlight of our four weeks in your country and found it impossible to pick any one day or event. Every day was so diverse, the time we spent in the Taurus mountains with Gursan, the balloon flight in Cappadocia, having lunch with Frances and her friend in Heraklia, exploring Princes' Island with Gursan, sailing into a secluded bay in the Gulf of Gokoba, having dinner with you and Gursan on our final night where all mentioned and all wonderful experiences but for me the six days we spent laughing our way around a small part of Turkey with Frances and seeing her world was very special. She is wonderful and we had so much fun together that I think our time with Frances was my highlight.
    The personal attention you showed us was exceptional, checking up on our wellbeing every day and going above and beyond, such as arranging the wine for our sailing trip was wonderful. Thanks to you we saw a side of Turkey that most tourists don't see and it was wonderful. To say we loved your country and it's people is an understatement and we will be recommending a trip to Turkey and you to everyone we speak to for a long, long time. I hope you come to Australia one day and let us show you our world, we would just love to see you. In closing a big, big thank you. You are a very special, beautiful person, may success and happiness follow you for ever.
    Love
    Tony and Elaine  xx

  • Dear Friends at Unison Turkey, Back from our EBU TRAINING Assembly in Istanbul on 20 and 21 October 2011, we would like to express to you our sincere thanks for your high level of professionalism and for the excellent logistic assistance provided before, during and after our event, which contributed in making our annual meeting a real success. Participants and speakers alike praised the accommodation and transfers support and the availability and kindness of your staff. The team present at the hotel was very helpful, available at any time and it has been a real pleasure working with Burcu and her colleague. We wish you and your colleagues all the very best for the future. Yours sincerely, Nathalie Labourdette Head, EBU TRAINING

  • I am so very grateful for all your suggestions, it is because of you that Istanbul is truly one of my favorite places in the world! - Debra Dimancesco

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