Chef Mert hails from a family of exceptional cooks who take pride in their Balkan and Mediterranean culinary cultures. He applied his natural talents while working at Michelin-starred Spago Beverly Hills. His experience preparing meals for A-list celebrities and food critics helped expand his enterprise as a private chef. In Chef Mert’s view, cuisine is an artform where passion and soul are as important as flavor and texture.
- Los Angeles
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Private Chefs
Private Chef Experiences
Cozymeal guest reviews for Chef Mert
22 Mar 2023
Chef Mert was great. Pleasant and interactive with us. We learned about him as a Chef and as a person outside of cooking. We did a focus on homemade dough. Great meal and fun to do a few of the things Chef Mert had us do. He is excellent.
20 Mar 2023
Chef Mert was fantastic. He was very friendly and great vibes. It was a perfect date night with my girlfriend. I would very much recommend any class by him, as whatever he teaches he will make very enjoyable. He came to our home, which was nice, but next time it sounds like his kitchen would be really great too.
11 Mar 2023
So great! Chef Mert is a very talented, hospitable chef who made the experience fun and easy to follow (even for my husband who’s not the best of cooks…). He arrived early, prepped the kitchen, and left it the way he found it. The bread, pizza, and apple pie were all so good, we couldn’t stop eating. We’d definitely take another class with Mert!
09 Mar 2023
We had a fantastic time with Chef Mert! We learned a lot about homemade dough, and made a delicious meal. Huge bonus that we had dough to make more pizzas and focaccia right away to cement the skills we’d learned.
08 Mar 2023
We had a great time with Mert, and learned a lot. He was right on time, and well prepared, and had thorough printed recipes to follow along with. Because two of his doughs needed proofing, he brought some pre-made doughs which we baked, and then he had us make fresh doughs that we could bake off later. There were lots of opportunities for hands-on experience, which was something I was hoping for. Overall, it was a great experience, and I would recommend Mert's classes, and look forward to taking another class in the future.
28 Feb 2023
My husband and I very much enjoyed our experience. The food was amazing and Chef Mert was an awesome chef and teacher. I would definitely try this again and recommend this to others.
21 Feb 2023
Chef Mert was awesome! My wife and I really had a great time learning to cook with him and enjoying some amazing food.
18 Feb 2023
Chef Mert is fantastic. He came to our home and taught 4 of us how to make this delicious meal. We each got to take turns as the sous-chef to help make the dinner. Chef Mert was friendly, helpful, and a pleasure to have as our teacher.
15 Feb 2023
Chef Mert prepared a delicious meal for our Galentine’s gathering. Everything was cooked and plated perfectly. We had an amazing time!
10 Feb 2023
My parents absolutely loved Chef Mert and the meal he prepared. They have been raving about the food for a week. Chef was very helpful in accommodating dietary restrictions. Chef Mert was also gracious and sociable presence in my parents' home. They loved talking with him and have already started spreading the word about him to family and friends. Five stars all around, exceptional! Book your night with Chef Mert ASAP.
02 Feb 2023
Chef Mert was just fabulous. I can't say enough. My dad, brother, and I did the pasta making class- even though we are above novice in skill, we were able to learn so much from Chef Mert - not to mention the food was absolutely delicious. Could not recommend enough!
01 Feb 2023
Chef Mert was fantastic! Mert has an expansive knowledge of food and various cuisines and was an amazing teacher. He was also so friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend this class to everyone and will definitely be signing up for another of Chef Mert’s classes!
31 Jan 2023
Chef Mert cooked us an amazing meal! Everything was delicious! He also spent the time to explain to us the ingredients in various dishes and his cooking techniques when we asked. We're looking forward to having him back for a cooking class in the future.
30 Jan 2023
Chef Mert was very professional and provided a wonderful night for my girlfriend and I. We had leftovers and tiramisu after a wonderful dinner. Chef Mert is very talented and loves to teach. Great service!
26 Jan 2023
I got this as a gift for my boyfriend for Christmas, and we loved it! Chef Mert was great. He showed up early to get started on the meal so that we could eat at our desired time, and he was a lot of fun during the process as well. My boyfriend and I love to cook, so we watched him and asked questions at all the various steps in the meal. Every course was extremely delicious as well and incorporated so many new flavors! We’re already thinking of more occasions to use him again for group events. Thanks Chef Mert!
24 Jan 2023
Chef Mert was awesome! Great conversation, very professional and friendly. Food was tasty and filling. 10/10 would recommend!
21 Jan 2023
Chef Mert is fantastic! We took his beginners course and he really takes the time to explain and answer every question you have. He explained the thinking behind the cooking to get things just perfect, which I really appreciated. He is a very polite and chill person; very easy and fun to talk to! Also so knowledgeable in different cuisines and restaurants local to the area. 10/10 experience I can’t recommend highly enough!!
19 Jan 2023
Chef Mert was wonderful! He arrived on time and made setup a breeze. My husband and I had a great time. You can tell Chef Mert is SO passionate about food and cooking and loves sharing his knowledge with others (and feeding others!).
17 Jan 2023
Chef Mert was wonderful! We had an amazing experience cooking in the comfort of our own home while still making the night feel special. He made us (and our dogs) feel relaxed from start to finish. The food was delicious and Chef Mert offered great cooking tips. We could not have asked for a better date night. We will definitely be booking with Chef Mert again!
16 Jan 2023
Mert was a pure delight and was the perfect balance of personality, quality food, and entertainment. I hosted a 12 person team dinner at my house and everyone sang praises for his food and the overall experience. Would definitely book again for any occasion.
12 Jan 2023
Great experience. Wife and I loved it. Thanks again.
09 Jan 2023
This experience with Chef Mert was fantastic, I couldn't have asked for anything better. His communication was clear at every step, he was very accommodating and conscienscious of food allergies, and he was well-prepared to cover an incredible amount of topics in only a few hours. We all really appreciated his approachable teaching style and eagerness to involve us throughout the process, as hands-on learning only works if you get in there and get your hands dirty! We were especially interested in how his lessons would translate to using our Ooni pizza oven, so Chef Mert had us set up the oven and we cooked all the pizzas on the patio. He not only showed us great new techniques, but new and better ways to approach the things we've done a dozen times. We highly recommend this experience- Chef Mert is a wonderful teacher, has excellent stories to share, and his passion for good food cannot be beat!
08 Jan 2023
Could not recommend Chef Mert and the Italian Date Night course enough! Chef Mert comes fully prepared with everything you could ever need. Additionally, he takes the times to not just show you how to cook your meal but other hands on skills (knife sharpening, etc) that really made the class feel like a class. The meal came out delicious and Chef Mert took great care of us.
05 Jan 2023
This was a great experience. The chef was very nice and prepared. We highly recommend.
04 Jan 2023
Mert is friendly, talented, on time, neat & cool! The meal was delicious, the experience is great and it’s worth it.
29 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was so sweet and a great teacher! We had a blast with him and learned new dishes to make at home! We definitely will book with him again soon!
28 Dec 2022
The class was such a delight. Chef Mert is very easy going, knowledgeable and professional. He explain all the recipes thoroughly and answers all questions very well. My family absolutely love the class.
28 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was a delight. He was on time, prepared the food and services exactly based as discussed. The Lamb was bomb! Highly recommend him.
28 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was great. We had a lot of fun and learned lots too.
27 Dec 2022
Chef Merry was great! He talked us through every step and gave us helpful tips, plus made extra dough with us so that we can make more pizza and focaccia on our own in a few days. He was very friendly and interesting to chat with, and accommodated our request to use our new Ooni pizza oven (although a conventional oven would work just as well). Would highly recommend!
23 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was an absolute delight! He was kind, knowledgeable, and had fantastic energy. The evening was beautiful and made for the perfect date night! Can't wait to have him again!
22 Dec 2022
Had such a fantastic time and an amazing meal! We learned so much and had an incredible time!
20 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was a wonderful teacher. We learned a lot of great knife skills and other great cooking tips that I have already out to use. Our meal was delicious! I would highly recommend taking this class.
14 Dec 2022
Fantastic all around! Chef Mert was a pro and kept us engaged and entertained the whole time. The food was incredible from beginning to end. Everyone at the dinner raved about the experience. Would definitely use again!
14 Dec 2022
What a fun experience and so simple and easy! Chef Mert was great to chat to and showed us many tips and tricks for a perfect result - which brings me to the pizza and focaccia we made! Absolutely delicious! The best homemade doughs ever! Looking forward to doing more classes with him going forward! Highly recommend this experience!
11 Dec 2022
This cooking class experience and Chef Mert were both 5 out of 5 stars! From the communication with me prior to the class, him showing up on time with all ingredients prepped and ready to go, and the deliciousness of the food... were all amazing. This was a surprise for my boyfriend that is an avid pizza maker but still had a few issues with his dough making and when Chef Mert walked him through the whole process and showed him a few tricks it was all worth the money. It's these types of experiences that last with you forever because it was interactive, it was fun, and it was something different than the regular date night ideas. We made a focaccia bread (I'm drooling thinking about it now), a chicken bbq pizza and also a veggie pizza, and a delicious apple pie. The recipe for the pie and the pan he used to make it were handed down to him from his grandmother. It was those little intricacies that made this night so special. I would definitely refer Chef Mert to all of my friends and family and my boyfriend even said he would hire him for our wedding catering lol. This was an amazing experience through and through... Thanks Chef Mert!
09 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was excellent! I booked a private dinner for my boyfriend's birthday, and he was very accommodating with both of our diets (vegan and pescatarian) and made the necessary adjustments to the menu at no extra cost. Very professional and punctual, highly recommend!
04 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was great – interesting stories, culinary insights, tasty food. He was well organized, inclusive, prompt, friendly. Great for a special occasion.
04 Dec 2022
Chef Mert was amazing. He explained what he was doing every step of the way. He offered insight to his experience and gave tips on where to buy ingredients. Everyone had a great time
25 Nov 2022
Incredible time. I will continue to use Chef Mert for private events. He was warm, considerate and a pleasure to spend Thanksgiving with.
24 Nov 2022
I am recommending Chef Mert to all of my friends who are interested in cooking. He shares his professional expertise and his teaching experience shines through as well. The food was all delicious and you get to keep the recipes for future use. Definitely will be reaching out for another class soon.
21 Nov 2022
Great experience and fun. His first time doing a gluten free recipe and he knocked it out of the park.
21 Nov 2022
We booked Chef Mert for a 7-person pizza dough making party. One guest was on a gluten-free diet. Chef Mert went above and beyond my expectations by preparing a gluten free focaccia bread and pizza dough for my one guest.
Joe and Diane
21 Nov 2022
Chef was excellent and made the evening enjoyable and informative. The ages of guest ranged from 19 to 57 and he engaged everyone to participate and offer input while answering all our questions. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for something different for an evening of cooking, food and fun.
16 Nov 2022
Chef Mert is WONDERFUL!!! He was on time, very organized, passionate, great sense of humor, and most of all excellent at what he does. He went above and beyond. He is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience. Everything we made was delicious and made with joy and love. We had an amazing time. I recommend Chef Mert for any occasion and for different occasions. We will be contacting him again for different classes and for events. Thanks, Chef Mert, we loved our class :)
31 Oct 2022
The meal that we prepared was excellent. I would definitely be able to re-create this again and again. We learned valuable kitchen skills. The rustic apple crumble will become a family favourite for our home.
27 Oct 2022
Chef Mert was amazing! He was very prepared and professional. Great personality, great food and great experience!!
25 Oct 2022
Great experience creating many different types of dough. He offered good tips and a lot of food! I wish it was maybe a little more hands on but with the amount of food we were making I don't think there would have been enough time for all that. Overall a worthwhile experience.
19 Oct 2022
We had a really nice time during our class with Chef Mert. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and communicated the skills for the lesson effectively. Everything was relaxed and stress-free and we enjoyed really enjoyed the meal at the end.
11 Oct 2022
Chef Mert was absolutely wonderful! I booked him to cook an in home dinner for my husband and me, to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Every coarse he prepared was phenomenal. The sea bass was my absolute favorite. We really enjoyed talking with him too. He was so kind and brought such a calm energy to our home. Next time we want to do a pasta making night with him! Highly recommend chef Mert!
10 Oct 2022
Chef Mert provided my friend and I not only a plethora of food, but also many memories to remember the experience by. All the food was delicious and fun to make! There were definitely leftovers and plenty of opportunities Chef Mert gave us to be hands-on with the experience and truly take part in the cooking experience. Definitely recommend and would book again!
04 Oct 2022
Amazing experience, and LOTS of food. Really fun and interactive. Chef Mert was great!
04 Oct 2022
We were very happy with Chef Mert. He is a true professional, very personable, and clearly has a passion for teaching and feeding others delicious meals. He answered our many questions and gave us bonus cooking tips, all while making high-quality Foccacia, pizza, and his unique apple crumble dessert. We give him the highest recommendation possible!
03 Oct 2022
Most amazing experience EVER. Chef Mert not only is so talented but he is so kind. The best hands on cooking experience with someone who truly knows their craft. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
02 Oct 2022
We had a lot of fun with Chef Mert last night. He was polite, friendly, knowledgeable, and went above and beyond. He accommodated our dietary restrictions and even showed me how to sharpen my knives. The dough making instructions was quick but not hard to follow and we even have some dough proofing in the fridge to bake later. The food tasted great. We had a great variety of dishes and a delicious dessert. It was clear he used top quality ingredients and very professional methodology when cooking. Highly recommend him!
10 Sep 2022
We had a wonderful experience in our pizza, focaccia, and apple crumble class with Chef Mert. He was well prepared, friendly, helpful, creative, talented and an excellent teacher. Everything we made with him was beautiful and delicious.
01 Sep 2022
Chef Mert provided us with a fantastic dining experience for my girlfriend's birthday. Every course was amazing. Thank you Chef for providing us with this truly unique experience.
21 Jul 2022
My husband and I had an incredible time learning how to make three different types of dough. Chef Mert is an amazing teacher and even knew how to quickly handle an oil spill left in the oven from a prior meal. Can’t wait to schedule another lesson but next time with friends to join us!
18 Jul 2022
Great chef! Very nice, professional, & informative! It was a great time and the 4 of us would definitely use Chef Mert again!
12 Jul 2022
Chef Mert was great! Super professional and communicative and the food was amazing. Thank you chef!
04 Jul 2022
We had a great experience with Chef Mert! He came well-prepared and was a great teacher. Everything was delicious, especially the apple pie, and best of all, we have lots of leftovers and extra dough. We would definitely highly recommend this class and Chef Mert.
02 Jul 2022
Chef Mert was fantastic. We had such an incredible evening start to finish. He was very punctual and communicative. The food was delicious and it made a great date night. I’m still full the next morning. Definitely give this class a try— you won’t regret it!!!! :)
29 Jun 2022
We had a wonderful experience with Chef Mert, and all of the food was delicious. He was very personable and made the evening a lot of fun for my family. His Apple Pie is also the best I've ever tasted. 10/10!
23 Jun 2022
I planned this as a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend and Chef Mert made this class so fun & special! He brought everything we needed along with a bottle of wine. We had a great time getting to know him and eating his delicious food! Highly recommend this class for a fun & memorable date night.
Guest reviews for Chef Mert
27 Jun 2022
Chef Mert, thank you so sooo much for the beautiful buffet you created for my birthday. Everybody thought it was delicious and it made the whole event so much more special. I will highly recommend Chef Mert for any culinary experience, he is calm and professional and have everything under control which truly helped me on a stressful day of planning and hosting a big event!
27 Jun 2022
If you are a fan of vegan cuisine, it was a menu you should try without hesitation for a second. Every single item in the menu was literally nutritious and tasty, especially the taste of amuse-bouche with vegan caviar is still on my palate. It was a pure pleasure to have a passionate and incredible chef like him. Thank you Mert!
20 Jun 2022
This guy, man! It's been a long time since i've eaten such a delicious meal. He is really dominant on duty and so professional. In addition to a magnificent menu, all the evenings were very successful in taking care of us. It won't take me long to hire him again. Yes chef!
20 Jun 2022
I hired Chef Mert for my dinner. Not sure how he made it happen to cook for so many people in my little Venice beach kitchen, his fine dining menu was incredible. Everything was super fresh and hot even we celebrated outside. Mert, thank you so much for EVERYTHING! I can't wait to have another dinner party with you.
20 Jun 2022
Thank you so much, Chef Mert for an incredible experience for my birthday party this year! The food was unreal, he used the best, most fresh ingredients and has such a unique way of putting dishes together, So yummy and such a smooth experience. Everyone was complimenting the food all night. He's also so easy going and such a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for your next event or occasion and i can't wait to book him again. Thank you for making my birthday so special. Chef!!!!
28 May 2022
Chef Mert is fantastic! He provided us with a wonderful culinary experience that exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend his classes and booking him as your next private chef!