Cooking Workshop with Ottoman Cuisine Chef

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Cooking Workshop with Ottoman Cuisine Chef

Enjoy a half-day experience learning about the culinary history of the Ottoman Empire and making a three-course Ottoman-style meal yourself!

Duration: 2 Hrs 15 Mins
Live Guide: English


  • Get a hands-on experience making authentic Ottoman dishes!
  • Taste the delicious and unique cuisine of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Learn about Ottoman and Turkish culture through their food!

Full Description

Ottoman cuisine is one of the most varied in the world. In its time, the Ottoman Empire encompassed many different ethnic groups that had their own ways of preparing and cooking meals. Over time, many of these became part of Ottoman cuisine. 

In this workshop, we'll prepare a three-course Ottoman-style menu featuring dishes that traditional Turkish/Ottoman homes would have made. And, since no meal is complete without refreshing Turkish drinks and Turkish coffee, we'll have these, too!

Stuffed vine leaves with sour cherries (recipe from 1844)
Sailor's Roll - a rolled pastry with cheese and peas served with honey

Main Course
Stuffed quince - oven-baked quince stuffed with minced lamb, veal, rice, pine nuts and currants OR
Kavun Dolmasi - cored melon stuffed with mincemeat and baked with rice, herbs, almonds, currants and pistachio (recipe from the 1400s)



  • The meal.
  • Drinks.
  • Turkish Coffee.

Meeting point

Deraliye Restaurant


Know Before You Go

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About your Host

Necati Yılmaz

In the heart of Old Istanbul, next to Hagia Sophia and a few steps from Topkapı Palace, Deraliye Restaurant offers a selection of dishes that used to be served at the court of the Ottoman Empire.
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Customer Reviews

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Kristy - July 28, 2019

After my 45 age i can change my job after i joined this tour. I think i will not like my wife s meals when we are back to our home. :))

Guy - July 11, 2019

A well choosen menu. Good chef. I got a lot of tips from him for cooking. Let the God forgive me for the things that i will do in our kitchen when i return to my country.

Arlene - April 22, 2019

There was Stuffed Melon in menu. Interesting thing. I have never tasted sweet and salty in same time. If you are open new tastes you can join the class. Listen the directions carefully. Otherwise you can do a fruite salat with meat. Ahahaha.

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