Born and raised in north east Turkey, Tarik migrated to the US in his late 20’s. While in Turkey, he studied history and for a short time also attended university in Venice, Italy in hopes of becoming an academician. Ironically, he had a change of heart. He returned to Istanbul and became enthralled with the intricacies of cooking. After working in a few local restaurants in Istanbul he decided to pursue the dreams of becoming a chef. Those dreams led him
To New York City where he worked as a line cook for several notable restaurants that boast Michelin stars. It was also in a New York City
restaurant that he met his business partner, Orhun Dikmen. The pair has always given thought to opening their own restaurant. Years later, they have worked together to materialize the eclectic Smyrna.