Turkish Street Food: Spice it Up

Learning how to balance the complexity of a variety of spices is an invaluable skill in the kitchen. This class will explore the expansive world of Turkish spice from your own kitchen. Chef Didem, our native Turkish chef, will be teaching you how to use spice in your everyday cooking with her intuitive knowledge of Turkish cuisines and her cooking experience working with Chef Ana Sortun at Sofra and Oleana restaurant. The menu includes a hearty lentil soup, butternut squash borek, and root vegetable slaw with pomegranate molasses vinaigrette. You are welcome to cook along or just watch and learn. The list of ingredients needed will be emailed to you prior to the class along with the Zoom link. Instructor: Didem Hosgel



Start Date

February 6, 2022









Sunday, 3-5pm, Feb. 6.
This class will be online via Zoom. You will receive a link and recipe packet once the class is confirmed to run, which may be between 3-7 days before the class starts. Please also check your spam folder.
If you register 12 hours or less before the class begins or after the start date, please contact zoom@ccae.org for the link.

Instructors: Didem Hosgel


Didem Hosgel

Chef Didem was born with a love of food. In her traditional Turkish home, cooking equaled nurturing. Every meal brought her family together to share in conversation, argument, laughter, love, and happiness. Her mother, grandmother, and aunts were her first culinary instructors, teaching her to grow and cook the fruits, herbs, and vegetables in their home garden. Didem traveled to the U.S. in pursuit of her passion where she convinced acclaimed Chef Ana Sortun of Oleana to take a chance on a home cook with no experience but endless determination. After many years of working at Oleana she received her Culinary degree from Cambridge Culinary, became the Chef to the Turkish Consulate of Boston, and returned to work with Sortun as her Chef de Cuisine of Sofra Bakery and Cafe. In 2020 Chef Didem introduced Tasteful Sini, a personalized chef, and catering service.