In 2001 she studied cooking at the French Cullinary Institute in New York. She worked at the Eleven Madison Park restaurant. After returning to Istanbul, she made “Little Dishes” at Nu Teras. Between 2005 and 2009, she was the head chef of Dionysos Hotel. In 2010, she published her first book “Kızınız Defne’yi Oğlumuz İskorpite…(We kindly request your daughter Defne( bay leaf ) to our son İskorpit(Scorpion-fish)” from Yapı Kredi Yayınları (Publishing House).
She opened Lokanta Maya in Karaköy in May 2010 and Gram in Şişhane in May 2012. She was granted the Best Chef Award at the Time Out Istanbul 2010 Food and Drink Awards, the winners of which are determined by votes cast online and by questionnaries. Her second book ‘Some Maya, Some Gram‘was also published by Yky in the same year. The number of Gram restaurants reached 4 in 2017. She continues to think of cooking with seasonal and local ingredients. She thinks she owes all her remarkable work to the amazing team she works with.