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Turkish Insta-Celeb Chef CZN Burak Starts New Restaurant In Dubai

The opening day marked by the visit of the Crown Prince of Dubai

A social media celebrity – chef and restaurateur Burak Özdemir, popularly known as CZN Burak, opened his restaurant at Boulevard Point in Downtown Dubai on Christmas day (Dec. 25, 2020).

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, visited the famed restaurant on its opening day. Chef CZN Burak himself cooked and prepared exquisite dishes to serve the prince and honour his visit.  

Posting on Instagram about the visit of the Crown Prince to the restaurant, CZN Burak wrote, “H.H. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum has honored us on our opening day.” The posts include a photograph of the prince and the chef and a short video of the prince’s visit. Besides Instagram, he also posted the short video on TikTok. 

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CZN Burak is very popular on Instagram and Tiktok with an overwhelming 18 million and 29.9 million followers respectively. 

CZN Burak welcomed with Burj Khalifa display

A day before the opening, magnificent Burj Khalifa displayed a welcome message – “Welcome to Dubai”, along with Burak’s picture and name. 

The chef has also posted a photograph of him, on Instagram, standing before Burj Khalifa displaying his picture and his name. The photograph is captioned as – “Dubai has welcomed me with an amazing surprise. And we are ready for Dubai. Tomorrow we are opening.”

There is a short video clip too, featuring the chef, Burj Khalifa display and children welcoming him, uploaded on his Instagram account. 

CZN Burak restaurant in Downtown Dubai

CZN Burak restaurant, named after the chef himself, is a brand-new Turkish-Middle Eastern restaurant located at Boulevard Point, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. The restaurant is the first Dubai-based establishment for the famed chef and restaurateur – Burak Özdemir aka CZN Burak. The popular 26 years old chef from Turkey also owns the Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrasi chain of restaurants in Turkey, which have three branches in Istanbul.

Dives Holding, the owners of the CZN Burak brand, launched their restaurant in Dubai on December 25. The establishment is their first venture outside of Turkey as part of their long-term global expansion plans. 

Rizgar Sak, Dives Holdings’ Chairman, said, “We know that CZN Burak will be popular in the UAE and the wider Gulf as the brand is well received by Gulf visitors to Turkey, and Chef Burak’s personality and popularity, as well as the perfect location, we’ve got a great recipe for success.

“Whether our guests are looking for a laid-back afternoon or a special evening with impressive Instagrammable shows, CZN Burak sets the scene for delicious Turkish cuisine paired with an exciting atmosphere and views of the Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.”

The restaurant menu offers more than 150 dishes, mostly featuring traditional Turkish food and Middle Eastern cuisines along with bespoke shisha and mocktails. The menu includes some of his special dishes – baked lamb shank, stuffed ribs and baked steak with salt, which a foodie would not want to miss during a visit to the restaurant.

The Middle Eastern Turkish restaurant, designed to give a homely feel, features both indoor and outdoor seating, handmade ovens and a spacious terrace, not to forget the beautiful view of mighty Burj Khalifa. 

Chef Burak inherits the passion for cooking from his grandfather who was a “kunefe master”. His father ran a restaurant in Istanbul where he started cooking in the kitchen from the age of 13, and that is where he discovered his passion and skill for cooking. And now coming to his mid-twenties, he is already a very popular and successful chef with millions of fans following him on social media. 

So, what makes Chef Burak very popular?

Chef CZN Burak is more than just a chef, he is a performer too, who cooks and makes a beautiful show of it. He has gained millions of followers on Instagram and TikTok for his special way of cooking which he shares on social media. 

His speciality includes cooking on a very large scale, for instance, a giant cake filled with toys and candy or a barbecue of a few meters long. His oriental dishes like Turkish and Lebanese are quite famous too. Furthermore, he entertains by dancing, jumping and skipping while he cooks, along with keeping a warm smile on his lips.

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