February 05, 2011

Istanbul-based German chef introduces coffee as a spice

Those who believe Turkish coffee is nothing but a beverage might need a rethink.

Seeking to show the coffee’s versatility, Pera Palace Hotel Chef Maximilian Thomae has succeeded in preparing a special menu that features Turkish coffee as a spice in a variety of dishes.

Thomae’s special menu was recently introduced at a gala dinner called Journey of Coffee, organized by the Turkish Coffee Association. A group 100 people – academics, journalists and opinion leaders – were served lamb meat with coffee, needlefish and quail.

Thomae, who has resided in Turkey for 18 years, said he supports the association because Turkish coffee should be promoted around the world.

“Turkish coffee could easily be used as a spice like curry or allspice to add some zest to dishes. It tastes better with beef and fish, especially,” said the chef.

Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Istanbul-based German chef introduces coffee as a spice


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