NAME: ALICAN KARACA
RESTAURANT: CARIBOU COFFEE
TITLE: FOOD DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Chef: Alain Ducasse
Cooking show: Chopped
Cookbook: Bread is a passion/ Ekmek bir tutkudur by Dr Dilistan Shipman
What experience most defined your decision and desire to get into the food industry?
Growing up and watching my mother and my grandmother cooking in the kitchen always intrigued me to understand the beauty in cooking. The simplicity of putting different ingredients together, to create complex tastes that could put a smile on anybody face. That’s how I knew that I wanted to
be a chef.
Where is your favorite place to shop for food and ingredients in Kuwait?
Saveco and Sultan Center, and for spices I head to Souq Al Mubarakiya.
What food most reminds you of your mother’s house, and why?
Beef Vegetable stew. This is one of the dishes we eat at home.
When you want to go somewhere else to eat, where do you go and why?
Street at almakan is a local brand that has the key 3 things I look for in restaurant: a- fresh ingredients, b-unique flavors, c-variety of dishes.
Who in the world would you most like to cook for?
I would have to love to cook for Ataturk the founding father of Turkey.
If you were to leave Kuwait and could take only one kitchen gadget with you, what would it be?
My Chef Knife, you are not a chef without your knife.