Turan has been smoking and preserving foods for many years. His ethos is to make these artisan subjects accessible to everyone. He hosts one day food smoking courses and Meat Curing & Charcuterie courses teaching techniques that can be used at home without having to spend a fortune on equipment..
The golden thread running through all his work is accessibility, simplification and safety. Turan's easy teaching style and his ability to simplify and communicate these subjects in an understandable and relaxed way has lead to many excellent reviews from previous guests.
Turan has written many food articles for magazines and has also written two books on food smoking. Curing, Smoking and Drying food the latest was published in May 2015.
Turan has had the opportunity to work with Jamie's 15 Apprentices teaching them a variety of food smoking techniques. Turan has also consulted on TV shows providing consultency services on specialist artisan food production. In May 2017 Turan hosted Nadiya Hussein, Great British Bake Off winner for her new series Nadiya's British food adventure where he featured his smoking techniques on the first episode.
Turan's previous career saw him serving as a senior officer in the London Fire Brigade. Turan retired in May 2014 after serving as an operational officer for more than 30 years. He served in all ranks up to temporary borough commander with over 200 staff. Turan comments - It's been a rewarding, challenging and sometimes exciting career working with some wonderfully dedicated and courageous people in a great city.
Somewhat ironically even today Turan's involvement with smoke remains a big feature in his life!