Gürkan Şef was born in Denizli. After completing his high school education in Denizli, he came to Istanbul and studied food and beverage management at the Kitchen Academy. Gürkan Şef completed his culinary training at the recommendation of his teacher. The master chef went to Italy for an internship, after receiving his degree in European and African Cuisine. Then he returned back to Turkey. He found out that cooking meat dishes was meaningful and important for him while he worked for various meat companies.
He took butchery courses at England Meat School to receive a detailed education on meat. Thus, he became Turkey's first certified butcher. His TV programs, competitions and workshops are followed with great interest. After returning to Turkey in 2014, he opened his first steakhouse restaurant, which he was dreaming of for a long time, in Nisantasi. After his success with the restaurant, Gürkan Şef opened his second restaurant in Etiler in May 2017, and now serves with his steakhouse restaurants in Dubai, Mecca and Riyadh also.
Using his vast knowledge and experience in both the field of culinary and restaurant management accumulated through years, Gürkan Topçu focused on creating innovations and discovering different tastes in the industry. Countinving to work Gürkan Şef implemented the Gürkan Burger Project after Mr. Gürkan Steakhouse and Pastavicio brands. He opened his first “Mr. ASADO BURGER” restaurant at Arnavutkoy Pier, in Istanbul. Attending to each detail from designing the concept to implementing it, Gürkan Topçu is excited to rapidly bring this project to an international scale and prove that a Turkish brand can be successful abroad also.