I attended the Royal Ottoman class, the only one of its kind in Istanbul. It was so educational and savoury. Our chef Hakan made the experience very entertaining and took the time to share stories and make the recipes easy to understand. He keeps your attention with humor and stories.Throughout the lesson, he explained to us the Royal Ottoman cuisine and its origins, whilst demonstrating how to cook the best lunch I have tasted.
After cooking, we all sat down and enjoyed the foods of our labor in the lovely surroundings of "Y" brasserie, where we were also served a great choice of local red wine. The food was delicious and definitely one of my favorite experiences ever. I did later go back and buy the spices and their cookbook - Chef Hakan also wrote the first e-book on Ottoman Cuisine in English which is still selling on Amazon.
All in all it was a very entertaining class and a unique lunch. The tastes and smells were so different from other Turkish dishes that I was really taken by surprise. And the ingredients had been selected in such a way that you can easily find them wherever you are in the world.
If you want to taste and learn how to make a proper Ottoman feast, then this is the place to go!
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