Mehmet Gürs is a superstar in the restaurant scene of Turkey. His restaurant, Mikla, has been listed as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. In Turkey, Gürs’s family company has founded a total of 14 restaurants, three coffee shops and a coffee roastery. He has also had his own cooking program on television. Gürs, born in Tammisaari, Finland, grew up in Stockholm, studied in the United States, and has lived his adult life in Istanbul. He takes pride in sourcing supplies for his restaurants from small local producers, with the help of the company’s dedicated food anthropologist. Gürs is 47 years old and the father of a son.
Antto Melasniemi is a food industry visionary and restaurateur known for his three successful Helsinki restaurants: Kuurna, Ateljee Finne and Putte’s. Melasniemi, the ex-keyboardist of the band HIM, has been an ambassador for Finnish food culture abroad – for example, cooking with solar panels in Milan. He’s also been involved in promoting Finnish art and design in London and Stockholm with his ground-breaking HEL YES restaurant. What’s more, Melasniemi has helped turn Helsinki’s Flow Festival into unique culinary music event.