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Cenk Sonmezsoy

Biography

Cenk Sönmezsoy (pronounced jenk sun-mass-soy) is an author, blogger, photographer, and food stylist based in İstanbul. After graduating from college, he moved to San Francisco, where he earned an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and worked at a high-tech PR firm.

On realizing that he’d rather eat glass than sit through another client conference call discussing another “ground-breaking” product, he returned to İstanbul. There, in 2006 he started a food blog that grew bigger and faster than he ever could have imagined.

Published both in English and Turkish, Cafe Fernando has been cited as one of the “World’s 50 Best Food Blogs” by The Times of London. Saveur named it “Best Culinary Travel Blog” in 2010, and the following year awarded the brownies he designed for Dolce & Gabbana “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe.” In 2012, Saveur called the piece Cenk wrote about his dining experience at Chez Panisse the year’s “Best Piece of Culinary Writing.”

He ditched the corporate world in 2010, became a full-time food blogger, and began work on his first cookbook. The Turkish-language version of his cookbook, “Cafe Fernando–Bir pasta yaptım, yanağını dayar uyursun”, published in June 2014 by Okuyan Us Publishing, became an instant bestseller. The book was awarded “Best in the World—First Place” in the Blogger category at the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and first place at Gourmand’s “Best of the Best.”