Somer Sivri­oglu

At home with The city of Is­tan­bul has shaped this chef’s life and ca­reer in Syd­ney

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Chef 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.

“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 by 9-10pm to watch a movie to­gether.”

Kan­lica paint­ing

I spent my child­hood in this quaint little sub­urb on the Ana­to­lian side of Bospho­rus Strait.

Dog­boy 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.

Dervish 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.

Lighter 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.

Fener­bahce jer­sey (Is­tan­bul soc­cer club)

This is 100th an­niver­sary jer­sey of my beloved team signed by the whole team, in­clud­ing club leg­end Alex de Souza.

Chef Somer Sivri­oglu Apart­ment in Pyr­mont with his wife Asli and chil­dren Deniz, 13, and Derin, 10 The Ger­man edi­tion of my cook­book with David Dale, Ana­tolien, sold 15,000 copies, more than any other coun­try, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia I grew up in a strict...

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