The chef realized that his interlocutor was not a crook when he saw his restaurant on television last Tuesday evening, which was listed among the 53 recommended Istanbul establishments.
A quoproquo. Turkish chef Nuri Soysal should have been delighted to hear that his restaurant was going to be featured in the Michelin Guide. But the exchange was cut short: “I thought it was a scam. I replied ‘Hang up!'”
The chef realized that his interlocutor was not a scammer when he saw his restaurant on television last Tuesday evening cited among the 53 establishments in Istanbul recommended by the emblematic red guide, he told the agency. Turkish Anadolu press.
“I was of course very sad [de ne pas assister à la cérémonie, NDLR]. I missed a great event,” said the chef of Rumelihisari Iskele, a fish restaurant located on the banks of the Bosphorus. The anecdote was confirmed to AFP by the Michelin Guide team.
“It’s an honor”
The inspectors of the guide, created in 1900 by the brothers André and Edouard Michelin, went anonymously to the restaurant where he has been chef for 30 years, for this first selection of the Istanbul Michelin Guide.
“I don’t know if they ate sea bass or bonito (…) But they liked our dishes. It’s an honor,” said the award-winning cook.
The Istanbul chef, who has been wearing a new white jacket for a few days with the Michelin inscription and the famous Bibendum embroidered, now wants to win a star.
“I will include new specialties in our menu. I hope that [les inspecteurs du Michelin] will return without our knowledge.”