Dr. Anna Maria Beylunioğlu received her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Bahçeşehir University with a minor in Economics. She completed her MA in International Relations with a focus on Turkish-Greek Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University; She completed her doctor’s degree in the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
She has books, articles and various publications in the fields of religion-state affairs, religious freedom and religious minorities. Beylunioğlu received a one-year professional chief training on advanced professional culinary arts at the MSA, Culinary Arts Academy. This training gave her the opportunity to work in two well-known kitchens in Istanbul.
She aims to bring these two worlds together to create value in areas such as culinary arts and food culture, adhering to the idea that food is a symbolic representation of different areas of social life.
She volunteers at civil society initiatives aimed at facilitating Syrian refugees’ integration into society through food and teaches “Food, Politics and Society” at Istanbul MEF University. She has articles on food culture and gastro-diplomacy.
According to Beylunioğlu, “food is about memories, it is about the bonds that hold us, it is about us.”