A Taste of Turkey

Event Date
December 4, 2021
Event Venue

Musa Dağdeviren will treat us to an afternoon of culinary delight – brought directly into your living room.
Saturday 4 December 2021 from 17.15 JST – join us from wherever you are in the world!

Chef Musa, as profiled in the Chef’s Table series on Netflix knows that food unifies people of different backgrounds. He has spent his life dedicated to sharing the food traditions and culture of his home country, Anatolia and Middle East. Chef Musa is a Turkish chef and owner of two restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey, publisher of a semi-academic quarterly magazine called Food and Culture, and five books. His first cookbook in English, The Turkish Cookbook, contains 550 recipes and was published by Phaidon in April 2019. Musa established the Çiya Foundation 10 years ago; producing research and projects in relation to food and drinks culture.

Chef Musa has moved around Turkey over the years, sometimes through choice and sometimes as a result of civil conflict and ethnic unrest that caused displacement of communities. As he did so, he found some culinary traditions were dying and wants to ensure they are not lost.

His story is, in itself, a culinary delight and we are delighted he would like to share some of it with the REI team and supporters.

One of Chef Musa’s quotes: “A rich person can buy what they want. A poor person makes their wealth by means of creativity.” echoes the concept of creativity that we seek in the REI Cooking Challenge.

In the webinar, Chef Musa will tell some of his stories and demonstrate two dishes while explaining the ingredients.