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at home with sydney chef somer sivrioglu

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WHO: Chef Somer SivriogluWHERE: Apartment in Pyrmont with his wife Asli and children Deniz, 13, and Derin, 10FAVOURITE THING: The German edition of my cookbook with David Dale, Anatolien, sold 15,000 copies, more than any other country, including AustraliaINSPIRATION: I grew up in a strict home where there was a living room just for guests. I didn”™t want that for my kidsHOME IS: Where I can re-setCHEF Somer Sivrioglu was born and raised in bustling Istanbul in Turkey, so living in the quiet suburbs of Sydney was never going to suit. As the owner of the Anason restaurant in Barangaroo and Efendy in Balmain, both of which offer Turkish cuisine, the influence of his birthplace remains. “I came from Istanbul, which is loud and busy, and when I came to Australia, Pyrmont was the first place I moved into,” Somer says. “I did try living in the suburbs but it was just too quiet, so I came back to Pyrmont.”Together with his wife Asli and children Deniz and Derin, the family enjoy living in a city apartment relatively close to Somer’s workplaces. Somer has even invested in an electric bike to get to his city restaurant.AT HOME WITH DAMIEN LEITH“I don’t get to spend that much time at home, so I don’t want to spend the time I do have sitting in traffic,” he says. “It takes me six minutes to get to work.”Although Somer is a highly accomplished chef, he doesn’t cook at home.“I try not to take my work home,” he says. “Also, my wife says I am too messy.”The couple also like to eat out, sampling the food of other restaurants, much to the chagrin of their children.“My children have grown up going to restaurants,” he says. “While most people look forward to going out, my kids are so used to eating out, they just want to eat at home.”The working hours of a chef can be demanding, but Somer tries to spend quality time with his wife every morning.“My wife and I always like to have a morning coffee together, or go for a walk before lunch service. I like to be home by9-10pm to watch a movie together.”; coffee set: I love having a cup of Turkish coffee in the morning and this mobile set means I can brew it anywhere I go.media_cameraKeten Gomlek 2014: This is one of the first small batch, hand-picked Amphora wines in Turkey. I”™m proud to have one of the last bottles anywhere in the world.media_cameraDervish statue: I cherish this piece. It was given to us by the vice president of The International Mevlana Foundation, Mrs Esin Celebi Bayru, who is the 22nd granddaughter of (celebrated poet and scholar) Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.media_cameraLighter and tobacco case: I am not a smoker, but this is a present from a close friend featuring two amazing Turkish artists, actor Yilmaz Guney and singer/composer Ahmet Kaya. It reminds me of the suffering of Turkish intellectuals as both of them died in exile because of their humanist and socialist political beliefs.media_cameraTurkish Bakery book by Ekrem Muhittin Yegen: This book was my grandmothers favourite book, and it reminds me of her every time I use it. it is full of her scribbles on pages. Although the book was printed over 50 years ago, it still is a very accurate book for traditional Turkish pastries.media_cameraKanlica painting: I spent my childhood in this quaint little suburb on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus Strait.media_cameraDogboy chef”™s knife: I bought this knife at the amazing Tasting Australia event in Adelaide less than three months ago ”” and it”™s already my favourite knife.media_cameraFenerbahce jersey (Istanbul soccer club): This is the 100th anniversary jersey of my beloved team signed by the whole team, including club legend Alex de Souz

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