Pelin Çakar (Lucca, Cantinery)
'I can spend a lifetime drinking soup'
Is culinary a masculine profession or a feminine pro- fession?
Actually it's a masculine stance touched with a feminine aesthetic.
Is there any food you're obsessed with? Food you can eat every day?
I think I like everything that's homemade. I can spend a lifetime drinking soup.
Your spices and the flavors you add to your food are famous. Can you give us some hints?
I'm fond of aromas. That's why I use aroma bouquets while cooking. I prepare fresh spices with zest and I tie them with a string. In a word, I make a small bouquet. First I want it to smell nice, then I want it to be noticed by its taste.
What kind of tastes do Turks like?
We like extreme and contrasting tastes. Very sour or very
Melda Tuna (Louis)
'I've turned my hobby to my profession'
Is cooking your hobby or your profession?
Both, I've turned my hobby to my profession.
What are the flavors that we should try before we die?
White truffles, escargot and pata negra. spicy is indispensable for us. We react to neutral flavors.
Üryan Doğmuş (Gile)
'Women are surely impressed'
Many people expect boys to be attracted to profes- sions related to automobiles instead of being a chef.
As a child, I was interested in two things: one was cars and the other food. I first wanted to study motor sports. How- ever, it did not take much of my time to realize that it was not for me. To be able to cook the right food at the right time and taste is more than a good enough reason to become a chef.
Are there types of customers you cannot stand?
Those who insist on being too much of a gourmet and try to impress others by a couple of newly learned sentences and read information. If there is such a customer at a table that night, the evening is usually ruined for the rest. But of course, we shouldn't generalize this, for there are very good gourmets who know what they are doing and add flavor to the food.
Do you cook at home? Is cooking a way to impress women?
Women are surely impressed. However, it is unthinkable for me to even enter the kitchen at home. It would be like a professional football player practicing on an astro pitch.
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