Anatolia ( it’s the cradle of wine don’t you know) was a huge region that encompassed both Europe and Asia. Thanks to the vast array of cultures contained within the district, local chefs soon began to influence one another until the entire region played host to one United, but incredibly varied cuisine.
This would not have been possible had each region competed with one another , rather than exchanging the spices and produce that not only became the foundation of trade but helped birth an entire food culture. The Ottomans famously encouraged each country within the empire to express their own heritage but also trade with others.
This collaborative spirit lives on today in Skewd Kitchen. Not only do our chefs hail from a variety of countries and cultures, they specialise in specific styles of Anatolian cooking. Our head is a classic turkish chef, and can expertly cook any traditional dish to perfection. Our puff bread chef toils over the fire oven and churns our cheese butter, while the pastry connoisseur spends his days cutting and preparing baklava and other sweet treats. Anna meanwhile, is the magician behind our daily specials menu, picking up whatever intriguing ingredients she spots at the morning market before crafting something as unorthodox as it is delectable. (Today, she’s serving beet root jelly and mackerel).
While each of these chefs, specialise in their own fields, they are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they work, spontaneously suggesting ideas and approaches whenever inspiration strikes. Our head chef may help Anna to meld her unusual ingredients within a classic structure, while our fire oven specialist may suggest a new mezze that melts into his bread, and Anna’s specials add a fresh twist to head chef’s classic techniques.
Just like the original Anatolian’s, our crack team of chefs possess individual flair and mastery of cooking fields in abundance. But just as the regions of Anatolia combined to produce extraordinary cuisine, it’s only when our Chefs come together that they create something traditional yet innovative, comforting yet challenging…Anatolian but Skewd.