Maggie Joan’s Kitchen Takeovers returns for 2017 with Turkish native, and owner of renowned Istanbul restaurant Neolokal, Maksut Aşkar.
Chef Aşkar will present to Singapore his “new” Anatolian cuisine for the first time in a two-night exclusive event at Maggie Joan’s, focusing on traditional Turkish home recipes and flavours with contemporary interpretations.
Fresh from featuring in the short film, The Turkish Way, which screened at the Vancouver Turkish film festival in late 2016 and also featured the world famous Roca brothers, chef Askar will bring his traditional Anatolian cuisine to Singapore which according to him “is about cooking food that highlights the land you are surrounded by.”
“Anatolia stretches from Turkey’s border with Asia in the east all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea so there is an array of ingredients and influences on the style of food but at the end of the day Anatolian cuisine definitely reflects food your Mum cooked,” he adds.
Also an advocate for using forgotten ingredients, Askar has worked with farmers and small-scale producers to cultivate traditional supplies for his restaurant.
Askar’s cooking finds a comfortable home at Maggie Joan’s with a shared passion for the Mediterranean and seasonality of ingredients creating a unique connection between the two.
“We are very much on the same page,” says Maggie Joan’s co-owner Darren Micallef. “Maksut derives his dishes from home cooking which complements us – how we are inspired by our grandmothers to provide warm and generous hospitality.”
Askar’s menu will feature an exclusive curation of Neolokal classics such as slow cooked Üveyik, an ancient Turkish wheat Askar had cultivated, which is cooked for seven hours with leeks and onions.
The Kitchen Takeover will be held on Friday 24 February and Saturday 25 February for dinner only. Reservations will be available via Chope only.