A (Baklava) Room of One’s Own
2013-11-06; Now, Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul’s glorious past is not only the talk of the town.
Recently, well-known baklava Chef Duran Güneş, the latest transfer of the culinary team who hails from the holy land of baklava in Anatolia, Gaziantep, created Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul’s very own baklava room.
A finely layered pastry filled with nuts and steeped in syrup, baklava is a traditional sweet for celebrations or gift-giving. Making baklava requires skill and a chef needs to be trained in baklava-making in particular. In addition, a baklava room must meet special requirements. For example, the room must be at a temperature of 10°C and protected against wind to keep the dough at the desired consistency, otherwise it will become dry and affect the taste.
The only Ottoman Imperial Palace & Hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski, did not hesitate to transform a corner of its historical palace into a baklava room, proving once again why it deserved to win the award for Kempinski Best Food and Beverage Hotel 2013. Many hotels and restaurants outsource this hard-to-make traditional sweet due to the special requirements needed. On the other hand, in line with Kempinski Hotels’ goal of becoming better known as a food and beverage driven company, getting going back to its roots as a restaurateur when the company was founded in 1897, Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul now proudly produces 15 types of baklava, a first in the city for a luxury hotel.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 81 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
For further information please contact:
Çiler İlhan, Director of Public Relations ▪
Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul ▪ Çırağan Caddesi 32 ▪ Beşiktaş ▪ 34349, İstanbul
Tel. +90 (212) 259 03 73 ▪ Fax +90 (212) 259 03 72 ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org
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