İsmet Saz finished primary and middle school in İstanbul. After he graduated TUREM, he stepped in tourism industry at young age. His experience at this area set the floor for him to express his creativity freely. After graduating successfully Yeditepe University Fine Arts Faculty Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Program, he started working in Four Seasons Hotel. Later İsmet Saz succeed at gastronomy world in short time, he met famous chef Carlo Bernardini, and worked together at Decanter Wine Bar at Nişantaşı, Later they also worked together at the opening of Circus Restaurant, Nişantaşı. With the experiences İsmet Saz gained while he worked as Ulus 29, Panini Restaurants, Kemer Country & Golf Club; he decided widen his vision so started his U.S.A. adventure.
He got Bakery training at Dean & Deluca Commissery and Tom & Cat. İsmet Saz later worked at Marriot Providence RI, Aperatif Group NYC, moreover while he was working at Sous Chef position at 2 Michelin Starred Gordon Ramsay at London NYC; he was consulting Halikarnas Brooklyn, Turks & Frogs Group NYC, Savann NYC Restaurants as well. İsmet Saz returned from New York his hometown as Head Chef to open Dean & Deluca, he also worked as Chef de Cuisine af Alaçatı Alavya Hotel and Fogo Restaurant. Whilst he was working as a chef, his consulting services gained him a better understanding of the service business and returned with unique and valuable experience. Reinforcing his success with TV programs, Chef İsmet Saz also started to being known with his catering and cooking classes.
Starting with Carlo Bernardini, he had chance to broad his vision with important names as Daniel Ng, Elena Mattei, David Shipman; also in the States Julio Velazquez, Franco Paterno, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Glocker and Gareth Evans… Later he worked at G2M Distribution and Marketig Company as Channel Marketing Chief and Corporate Executive Chef positions, he gathered years of experience and knowledge and founded TOİ Restaurant & Lounge at 2015.
TOİ Restaurant & Lounge opens its doors for you at İstanbul’s exclusive spot at Kuruçeşme for a refined Mediterranean inspired menu made with local ingredients, rich winery and first class service for an enjoyable dinner. İsmet Saz also opened a new restaurant at Kanyon Shopping Mall, The Steeve by İsmet Saz, serving Spanish – Turkish fusions for more casual yet first class dining experience for a quick gateaway from city’s chaos.