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Chef Laura Ozyilmaz Wiki, Age, Top Chef, Husband, Dalida

Laura Ozyilmaz Biography – Laura Ozyilmaz Wiki

Laura Ozyilmaz is the executive chef and owner of Dalida, a Mediterranean Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. She was recognized as Chef Game Changer by StarChefs and Rising Star by the San Francisco Chronicle. She was announced as a 2024 James Beard Best Chef Semifinalist for California.

Born and raised in Mexico, Laura was enchanted by the culinary world at an early age. She pursued her culinary education at the Centro Culinario Ambrosía in Mexico City, New York’s Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and the Basque Culinary Center in Spain, during which time she worked at the prestigious Mugaritz in San Sebastian.

Laura sharpened her skills at the Michelin-rated restaurants Eleven Madison Park and Café Boulud in New York and Saison in San Francisco. Upon moving to San Francisco, she launched a successful pop-up with her husband, Sayat, Istanbul Modern SF. She was then a co-owner and co-Executive Chef, alongside Sayat at Noosh.

Laura currently owns Dalida, which opened in 2023 in The Presidio of San Francisco, which represents elevated Middle Eastern cuisine with bold flavors and dynamic dishes. Dalida was named Best New Restaurant in America by Esquire, Best New Restaurant by Eater SF and was recently added to the Michelin Guide.

Laura Ozyilmaz Age

Top Chef contestant Laura Ozyilmaz was born in Acapulco, Mexico.

Laura Ozyilmaz Husband

Executive chef Laura Ozyilmaz is married to her husband, Sayat Ozyilmaz, a professional chef originally from Istanbul, Turkey. Laura and Sayat met while cooking at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York.

Chefs Laura and Sayat launched a successful pop-up Istanbul Modern SF. She was then a co-owner and co-executive chef, alongside Sayat at Noosh. The couple abruptly departed the San Francisco restaurant scene following a high-profile falling out and legal dispute with a co-founder of their restaurant Noosh. In June 2023, Laura and her husband, Sayat, launched Dalida, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Presidio National Park.

Laura Ozyilmaz Top Chef

Dalida chef and co-owner Laura Ozyilmaz is set to appear on Bravo’s cooking show Top Chef Season 21, hosted by Kristen Kish. Judges will include Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.

Laura is one of three contestants from the San Francisco Bay Area, alongside Rasika Venkatesa and Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine co-owner and chef David Murphy.

The other Top Chef Season 21 contestants are Alisha Elenz, Amanda Turner, Charly Pierre, Dan Jacobs, Danny Garcia, Kaleena Bliss, Kenny Nguyen, Kévin D’Andrea, Manny Barella, Michelle Wallace, Valentine Howell Jr. and Savannah Miller.


Laura Ozyilmaz’s Instagram handle is lauraozyilmaz.