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About Us

Cooking Alaturka was opened in 2002 as Istanbul’s first cooking school and has remained a top choice for travellers ever since. We believe cooking together and sharing food is the quickest way to discover a new culture.

Meet our



Hi, I’m Rocco Strazzera. I became the proud new owner of ‘Cooking Alaturka’ in 2015. After working for 20 years as a chef of high quality Mediterranean cuisine in Palermo, London, and Istanbul, I came across this brilliantly taught cooking school (Istanbul’s first cooking school opened in 2002 by Eveline Zoutendijk) and fell in love with it. My wife Leyla introduced me to Turkish cuisine when we moved to Istanbul in 2006. I became a dual Italian-Turkish citizen and began to combine my Italian passion for Mediterranean food and culture with the varied flavors of Turkey. I love to work with local products, regional dishes, and the rich array of spices that make the current Istanbul culinary scene so vibrant and colourful.

I am happy and always available to share my knowledge and expertise with my students.  They share the same passion and are open to new ideas and culture that even a four hour class can be such a unique, informative and fun experience. We look forward to meeting you and enjoying the mixture of cultures together!


We are happy to introduce you to our chef Nazlı Yıldırım from Sivas in Anatolia where most of our dishes have their origin. She always loved cooking and being an outgoing person, she is able to interact with people from every walk of life. Has been living in Istanbul for the past 18 years and has worked as chef for 9 years at Cooking Alaturka. She never misses the opportunity to laugh or make a joke. She has the ability to let you feel at home while she helps you produce an outstanding meal. After few hours cooking with her you will feel like a confident connoisseur of Turkish Cuisine.

leyla capaci strazzera cooking alaturka


Co-owner of Cooking Alaturka is a vivacious, energetic person. As a true İstanbulite born and raised here, she is very enthusiastic about her culture and proud to share it with others. She is a professional certified tourist guide, having worked in Istanbul tourism sector for 15 years, is very knowledgeable about best things to do in Istanbul from historical sights to restaurants, from food to shopping. She can help you with your planning if you take your class at the start of your holiday. She likes walking, talking and eating. So much so that she is responsible for our food walks. She will let you feel comfortable from the moment that you step in to our premises.

Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna’s Show on Cooking Alaturka


Address: Akbiyik Cad. 72a Sultanahmet

Phone: +90 (212) 458 5919

Gsm: +90 (539) 982 3360

Mail: [email protected]


We work on trust, this means you can bring the payment on the day of the class unless you agreed differently, please make sure  you are comfortable with our cancellation policy.

Reservations may be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the class. Late cancellations and no shows are expected to be paid in full because other inquiries will be declined once the class is full. For groups our cancellation term is 2 weeks, unless specified otherwise.


Our class rate is 65 euros per person, including the 5 course lunch or dinner 2 glasses of wine beer or soft drinks, plus coffee and tea. We have aprons at your disposal and you will get  the recipes to take home with you.


Individual reservations maybe cancelled at no cost up to 48 hours prior to the class. After that payment will be expected in full. The cancellation term for groups is one or 2 weeks depending on the total number.

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