Ayt Erdogan (1974) developed a passion for cooking at a young age. Inspired by his mother and brother, both chefs, he went to culinary school to learn the trade.
During an internship at Restaurant Tante Koosje in Loenen a/d Vecht, the culinary world revealed itself to him. From that point on, the life of Ayt consisted of performing in the kitchen en learning as much as possible, from the early morning to the late evening.
Since 2016, Ayt is the co-owner of El Qatarijne in Utrecht, where, according to experts and connoisseurs, he cooks his heart out.
Chef Ayt has now reached a point where he no longer has to cook within the limits of a set formula, but where he is able to develop his own concept, namely: East meets West. It is an exciting cross-over between East and West, starring the Ottoman-Mesopotamian kitchen.
In 2017, Ayt published his first cookbook. ‘Aytems van Inspiratie’. A wonderful culinary book that allows its readers to get acquainted with Ayt Erdogan and his sources of inspiration and in which the chef hands over his signature with 36 impassioned dishes.
First and foremost, Ayt wants to share his knowledge and passion, but more than that, he wants to explore the exceptional culinary secrets of the Ottoman-Mesopotamian kitchen even further.