Mehmet Yalcinkaya

He was born in Bolu in 1974. Yalçınkaya, who started his career at a young age, received his first conductor training at the age of 12 from his uncle. He worked as an executive chef in high-end hotels and restaurants in Turkey. He worked as a gastronomy and kitchen coordinator on cruise ships in Germany and Qatar.

  • In 2005, his biography and specialties were published as Trend Chef in America’s famous gourmet magazine “CULINARY”.
  • In 2007, he developed the personalized service concept, which is a minimalist and boutique work, for the first time in Banquet services in Turkey.
  • In 2008, he founded the EUROTURK CHEFS CULINARY TEAM team.
  • Mehmet Yalçınkaya is one of the first to apply the Fusion Kitchen trend in Turkey.
  • In 2009, he worked at the Qatar Prime Ministry Residences, to which he was invited upon a special request, and went on a European tour.
  • In 2010, he held gastronomy workshops within the body of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. He took part in many international organizations such as the Berlin Film Festival, Grune Woche I.T.B Tourism Fair.
  • In 2013, an article named Inno Turkish Cusine was published about Mehmet Yalçınkaya by Pınar Tremblay, a faculty member at the University of California.
  • He still takes place as a jury member in MasterChef Turkey and writes a column for the newspaper


Throughout his career, he has been awarded many national and international awards. Some of the awards:

  • “Best Chef Award” (As a result of the public vote of over 500 thousand people at the Turkish Taste Awards organized by TÜRES.)
  • “Silver Medal” World Chefs Olympics / Turkish Chefs Federation Turculina Team Captain
  • “Bronze Medal” World Chefs Olympics / Euroturk Chefs Culinary Team Team Captain, Erfurt – Germany
  • “A category World Third Place” World Chefs Olympics – Erfurt – Germany
  • “Euroturk Chefs Team Merit Diploma” as a Team – Erfurt – Germany