burak

akkök


Professional profile

I was born to a family of civil servants who, over the 70’s and 80’s were stationed in many different towns and cities, so therefore I got used to changing schools (up until university) pretty quickly. Although traveling around like that might not be everyone’s idea of great schooling, it did open up my mind to getting involved with and collaborating with a multifarious variety of people I got a chance to meet. From the small towns of Anatolia to the world’s greatest cities like New York, Paris, Cannes, and Istanbul where I enjoyed many years of domicile, I always ended up connecting with the native pulse, culture and trends of the place. This frequent traveling about also made me naturally inclined to seek out other new things, places and people; a habit which I continue to keep alive with passion to this day.After a fun filled twenty five years of professional life in the hospitality, food & beverage, and entertainment industry, I’ve got to admit that I get the most kicks out of constantly dreaming up new concepts, designing and conjuring up new venues and destinations, and being part of making them come to life.

I enjoy candid communications, quality, personal courtesy and timeliness in business. I function best with an able team, and take much gratification from leading people to unforgettable heights of achievement, while having a great time in the meanwhile.

 

Education

  • College International, Cannes1988 - 1990
    Diplome Alliance Francais
  • ILEC, Nice1990 - 1993
    Bachelors, Publicite
  • Work Experience

  • l'Etagere Restaurant, Cannes1986 - 1988
    Waiter
  • Ralph Lauren, Cannes1988 - 1989
    Shop Window Designer
  • La Cave, Cannes1989 - 1990
    Manager
  • Grill d'Attila, Cannes1990 - 1991
    Asst. Manager
  • Niels Restaurant Club, Paris1990 - 1991
    Restaurant Manager
  • Da Mario - Kuruçeşme, Istanbul1994 - 1995
    Restaurant Manager
  • Christie - Etiler, Istanbul1995 - 1996
    Concept Owner, Partner & Manager
  • NYX Club Restaurant - Zincirlikuyu, Istanbul1995 - 1996
    Concept Owner, Partner & Manager
  • NYX 29 - Çubuklu, Istanbul1996 - 1997
    Concept Owner, Partner & Manager
  • NYX Paradiso - Kuruçeşme, Istanbul1997 - 1998
    Concept Owner, Partner & Manager
  • Jeffrey Schteinier Fairchild Company, New York & St. Tropez1998 - 2000
    Executive Host
  • Very Important Dream Company (VIDCo), Istanbul2000 - Now
    Consultant Owner
  • d'Ouef French Bistro, Istanbul2000 - 2001
    Concept Manager
  • Club 147 - Zincirlikuyu, Istanbul2000 - 2001
    Owner Manager
  • Margaux Restaurant - Süzer Plaza, Istanbul2002 - 2003
    Concept Creator, Partner
  • The Life Co., Bodrum & Istanbul2004 - 2006
    Creative Coordinator
  • Ansen Suites Boutique Hotel - Beyoğlu, Istanbul2004 - 2008
    Concept Creator, Manager
  • Bakkal Delitacessen, Bozcaada2008 - 2012
    Owner, Creator