Istanbul-based chef Esra Muslu, founder and head chef of Zahter Restaurant in London, has passed away. The news of her death was announced today on Zahter Restaurant’s Instagram page.
In the statement made on the restaurant’s social media account, it was mentioned that ” Today, we mourn the passing of Esra, the visionary founder and head chef of Zahter restaurant. Her vibrant spirit and unwavering positivity touched us all. With heavy hearts, we share the news of her peaceful departure this morning. Her legacy will forever live on in our hearts. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time…”
Esra moved from Turkey to London at the age of 18, later went to Melbourne, Australia, to receive training in culinary arts. She studied at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
In 2007, she opened her first restaurant, Moreish, in Istanbul, with a fine dining concept. She went on to open six more restaurants in the city.
After working as a head chef at Soho House Istanbul, she brought her experiences to London. She had the opportunity to cook delicious meals at Yotam Ottolenghi’s famous restaurant, Ottolenghi Spitalfields, and also at Shoreditch House.
At the end of 2021, she founded Zahter Restaurant in Carnaby Street, one of London’s sought-after neighbourhoods. Zahter quickly earned a place in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland.
Esra Muslu’s passing is considered a significant loss in London’s culinary world. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.