Hello! My name is Cenk (Jenk). I’m an author, photographer,
food stylist and a shameless chocoholic based in İstanbul.
After graduating from college, I moved to San Francisco,
earned my MBA degree and started working at a high-tech
PR agency. The day I decided I’d rather eat glass than sit
through one more conference call with a client to discuss yet
another “ground-breaking” product, I moved back to Istanbul.
I started a food blog in 2005 and it got bigger than I could
have ever imagined. My blog, Cafe Fernando, published
both in English and in Turkish, has been cited as one of the
“World’s 50 Best Food Blogs” by The Times of London.
Saveur magazine named it “Best Culinary Travel Blog” in
2010, awarded the brownies I designed for Dolce & Gabbana
as “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe” in 2011 and
“My Chez Panisse Experience” as “Best Piece of Culinary
Writing” in 2012.
I ditched the corporate world in 2010, became a full-time
food blogger and started working on my first cookbook.
“Cafe Fernando – Bir pasta yaptım, yanağını dayar uyursun”
was published in June 2014. The first printing sold out in
just three days and the book has been reprinted four times
in its first month, which are firsts for a Turkish cookbook. It
was awarded Best in the World – First place at the
2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and
Best of the Best – First place among the first-place winners
of the last 20 years at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
I work freelance as a photographer and food stylist.