Speaker Mehmet AKSEL


Born in 1968 in Istanbul, Mehmet Aksel launched his career in the automotive industry. Ranked among the top selling dealers for 4 consecutive years, Aksel discovered his passion for the food & beverage industry and teamed up with the country's leading gourmet Tu?rul ?avkay, to open 3 restaurants.
His tenure in the food & beverage sector taught him that success in this business can only come with well trained and educated staff, driving him to found Mutfak Sanatlar? Akademisi (MSA) in 2004.
Now, MSA's more than 4500 graduates have an employment rate of more than 90%. About 10-­?15% of graduates work or establish their own restaurants abroad.
Several awards and nominations carried MSA to a global platform, ranking the school among the top culinary schools around the world. In 2011, World Association of Chef Societies named MSA “The Culinary School with the highest quality in professional culinary programs”; in 2012, MSA was named “The Most Excellent Vocational Center in the World” by the British Royal Academy; and then in 2013, 2 MSA graduates were selected for “Medal of Excellence” among 2 million graduates across the globe.
In addition to his endless and exhaustive work at MSA, Aksel is also recognized in 2010 as an Endeavor Global Entrepreneur and also for his projects to raise awareness for vocational education and to create new employment opportunities in Turkey.


Learn more:

Article Emerging Stars: Success Baked Passion and Innovation

2010 International Endeavor “Entrepreneur of the Year” award


Follow him on twitter: @mehmet_aksel ; @MSAistanbul

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