Speaker Profile

Umut Ozkanca

Partner, Ruya Restaurant LLC

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Umut Ozkanca, who was born in Istanbl 12/07/1977, completed his high-school education, at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), in Lugano, Switzerland.

Afterwards, he continued his education in Bentley College, Boston as undergraduate studied international economics. After graduating from Bentley College, he fund the opportunity to work with the greatest chefs of world in French Culinary Institute for a year, and finishing the school with the title of being first.

During the summer periods of high-school and university, he worked at service and kitchen of Borsa Restaurants which earned him the first experiences about restaurant management.

While he was abroad, having in mind that he will continue his career in future, he observed the restaurant's working and operating systems as well as menus.  Moreonto this, he also got the chance to work with Matthew Kenney and his team, who was invited from New York during the creation of Borsa Restaurant: the first Turkish Restaurant offering services in western standards.

Umut Ozkanca, who know English, Spanish, italian, takes place in management board of SELE ISTANBUL RESTAURANT GROUP which embodies Bogazici Borsa. Kandilli Borsa, Ankara Borsa Restaurants, Masa Istanbul, Masa Ankara Restaurants, Istanbul Modern Restaurant, parle Brasserie, Darphane Restaurant, Sele Homemade Meals Istanbul and Ankara.