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Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Azerbaijan

  • 1 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1095 Baku, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan
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Talha Barkin

Executive Chef
“I believe that both food and music, when done well, elicit happiness.”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2016
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Current

Employment History

  • Fairmont Baku; Hilton Chongqing; DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta-Diponegoro; Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa; Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai; Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou; Madinat Jumeirah, Al Qasr Hotel in Dubai; The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul; Rixos Bodrum; Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul; Swissôtel The Celik Palas, Bursa (now Celik Palas), Turkey

Birthplace

  • Mugla, Turkey

Education

  • MEKSA Vocational School, Culinary, Turkey

Languages Spoken

  • Turkish, English, German

Talha Barkin’s philosophy has roots in the environment he grew up in, where fresh, homegrown and in-season produce are a part of daily life. Home is Koycegiz, Mugla, a charming lakeside town in Mediterranean Turkey where his mother’s and grandmother's cooking, combined with abundant, soulful ingredients, inspired his palate at a very young age. 

As a budding young chef, he gained exposure to world cuisine under the guidance of mentors in Swissôtel, Turkey and Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai where he had his first international assignment. Part of his 20-year career includes winning medals in prestigious culinary competitions in Dubai. 

Through the years, Talha gained exposure as a chef in Dubai, Hangzhou, Chiang Mai, the Maldives, Jakarta, Singapore and Chongqing. He had the privilege of gaining cross-exposure in a prestigious kitchen in Switzerland and being invited as a guest chef to lead VIP events in Manila and Cebu for Shangri-La hotels in the Philippines.

In each of these destinations, he embraced diverse cultures and infused the distinct local tastes into the textures and flavours of his culinary creations. 

“My intention is to always appreciate the value and origin of ingredients. With my acquired tastes and experience, I aim to create something that respects and brings out the ingredients’ natural character in a fine gastronomic presentation,” says Talha.

Talha is passionate in all aspects of life, full of energy, commitment and dedication. Outside the kitchen, he has a penchant for gypsy violin music and vintage violins, and also plays violin recreationally.