Our Chefs

Chef is a heavy word. People who spend their lives in the food industry, most likely, have staunch opinions about the term. We know what it means and we know the message it can hold. We chose to use the term irreverently for many reasons and probably anger hard core traditionalists in doing so. C'est la vie. Chefs come to Polly's Paladar in many different ways. We operate primarily by the seat of our pants with a solid criteria to hold us up in the ever changing waters of the culinary world. These innovative and courageous chefs sometimes travel from far places and step right into the Paladar world and sometimes they are right here among us locals quietly cooking genius. To all of our brave men and women who become Paladar chefs, we salute you.

  • Tutku Tezveren

  • Tutku Tezveren was born in Ankara, Turkey. Growing up in a household of passionate chefs, including her mom and her uncle, Tutku’s childhood was steeped in the aromas and flavors of the nuanced, unique Mediterranean and Aegean traditions of Turkish cuisine.

    Food has been the most significant foundational aspect in Tutku’s life, bringing all of the family together in conversation, timeless sharing, music, poetry, and spiritual connection. Tutku’s deep love for the Art of Eating evolved organically into combining experiences of physical nourishment with spiritual nourishment, pairing music, poetry and even meditation with her conscious cooking. Thus, she weaves the fundamental expressions of life into a form of ritual, carrying her lineage and stories to the hearts of her community. With the intention of invoking passion and deeper common connection, she has combined her creations and launched “Tutku’s Mezes – an Organic Intimate Catering” company based in Nevada City, CA where she currently resides.