When NBC-TV’s Today show visited Turkey this spring, as part of its
annual “Where in the World?” series, co-host Matt Lauer interviewed
none other than Mehmet Gürs ’93. That’s because Gürs himself has become
a culinary brand, and Turkey’s star chef of the moment.With
six restaurants dotted throughout Istanbul and the chic resort towns
that ring the coast, a catering company, cookbooks and even TV cooking
shows of his own, the Finnish-born über-chef and his food have risen to
iconic status not only in his father’s homeland, but across the world.
With rave reviews from The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and
Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot Tables,” among many others, Gürs is enjoying
international stardom for his inventive Swedish-Mediterranean cuisine.
what you love, love what you do,” Gürs says when asked about his
entrepreneurial and creative spark. “It’s really that simple — and, of
course, make sure that you’ve learned something new each day.” Despite
his demanding schedule and plans for additional restaurants, Gürs has
managed to remain active with the Istanbul community. Each month he
hosts a class of underprivileged kids in one of his restaurants and
treats them to lunch and a film. He also participates in a UNICEF
program called “Unichef,” where proceeds from his restaurants each
Mother’s Day are used to build preschool classes for five-year-olds.