Born in 1975, Arda Turkmen is a young entrepreneur. Arda went to Saint Benoit High School before attending Bilgi University to complete a double major in business administration and performance arts. He started off his career by organizing student tours and continued in the food industry as a result of his experience in business administration. In 2003, Arda established Roka Davet, a catering business that has catered for many successful organizations. Roka Davet also catered for Metallica and Depeche Mode during their time in Istanbul.
In April 2008, he opened a new restaurant in Asmalimescit, 11 Leblon, which got nominated in two categories for Time Out’s Food Awards the year it was opened.
In 2010, he began his own cooking show “Arda’nin Mutfagi” (Arda’s Kitchen) on CNNTurk, which continued for 4 years.
In 2012, Arda became a columnist for Sabah, writing on his column “Arda’nin Mutfagi.” Shortly after, he began writing and publishing recipes for La Cucina Italiana.
In 2012, he sold his catering company “Roka Davet.”
In 2013, he stopped writing his column on Sabah, moving instead to Hurriyet’s Sunday edition.
In 2013, Arda opened his second restaurant “Forneria” in Karakoy.
In 2014, he sold the management rights of Leblon to another company.
In March 2014, he continued airing the 3rd season of Arda’nin Mutfagi on Turkmax Gurme TV.
In September 2014, 5th season of Arda’nin Mutfagi began airing on TV8.
In October 2014, Arda assumed a jury position for “Ver Firina,” a cooking show on TV8.
In 2015, he opened another restaurant, Mukellef Meyhane, in Karakoy.
In March 2017, Arda changed the concept of Forneria and united his two restaurants under one concept.
Season 8 of Arda’nin Mutfagi is still on air on TV8.