Danilo Zanna, a name and surname that is almost unknown in Italy while in Turkey he is now a real star. A character loved by the Turkish television audience, almost 2 millions followers on Instagram and for some years a member of the jury of the very popular Turkish version of Masterchef and Masterchef Junior.


Born in Prato in Tuscany 38 years ago, he has lived in Turkey for about ten years, where he has combined his strong Made in Italy creative vein, love for Italian cuisine and the ability to fully integrate into Turkish society so much having married in 2012 to Tuğçe Demirbilek.
His passion for cooking, however, began long ago, when, for family reasons, he moved to London where his uncle owns a restaurant.

After several years spent in London, Danilo Zanna moved to Turkey where he initially opened an Italian-Turkish restaurant, playing on the possible integrations between the two cultures. He also starts holding cooking workshops at the Istanbul Culinary Institute and taking part in several Turkish television programs dedicated to cooking starting with “Yes Life with Zahide”.

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Always smiling and full of energy, Danilo Zanna thus conquers the Turkish public as an Italian always proud of his origins, combining the ability to create new recipes resulting from the new fusion between the kitchens of the two countries, his disruptive joy that shines through in all his appearances on social media and during his numerous appearances on Turkish TV. Today he has become an ambassador in his own way of Italy to Turkey.