Born in Mersin, Turkey, Habip Kargin is a passionate and creative chef with over 15 years experience who views food as an art and a way of life. His style of cooking is rooted in Mediterranean cuisine and includes bread making, pastries, dish presentation and butchery using fresh farm to market meats, poultry, fish and vegetables.
Chef Habip started his career in Mersin, Turkey where he opened his first restaurant in 1999. After a few years his passion for cooking brought him to the melting pot of the world, New York City. He started as a line cook in a local restaurant and then became the Sous Chef at Turks & Frogs in Manhattan. After gaining experience, he studied at The Culinary Art School in New York for 2 years. Thereafter, he continued his career in many 5 star restaurants in the city, ultimately becoming the Executive Chef at Pierre Loti in Midtown, Manhattan.
With 12 years in NYC, Habip came to Texas to start up his Mediterranean restaurant Pera Turkish Kitchen in Dallas. Pera has received exceptional reviews including 4.5 stars on Yelp for the quality of ingredients, fresh taste, excellent food pairings and warm inviting hospitality staying true to Turkish culture. Chef Habip's latest creation, Pera Tapas & Wine allows him to share his love for new flavors and creativity beyond Turkish cuisine.