Tolga von Klein was born in southern Germany to Greek/Turkish parents. This Mediterranean heritage laid the foundation for his distinctive cooking style, which he has honed with years of study, travel and a keen observations of culinary customs.
In New York City at age 21, Tolga encountered macrobiotic and Ayurvedic methods, which revealed to him the true relationship between cooking and health. Since then the principles of traditional, seasonal, regional, plant-based and organic cooking have been integral to his work, along with a free-associative flair for Japanese techniques and aesthetic. These new-found passions led him to study Culinary Arts at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health in New York in 2004.
In 2006, he returned "home", resettling in Berlin and opening his practice up to others through teaching courses, and developing menus and recipes for restaurants and other culinary establishments like the 25hours Design Hotel and the innovative supermarket, Kochhaus. In 2013, Tolga was a semi-finalist on the popular TV cooking show, The Taste. Following this wild experience, he realized his visionary pop-up restaurant, Supermarmita. This fantastical-fusion dining experience put Tolga on the map of Berlin's burgeoning supper-club scene.
But adventure calls, and a hunger for new cuisines and untried traditions has led Tolga to Lisbon, excited to share Supermarmita and his unique mixed bag of Turkish, Japanese and Indian flavors with a new audience of food enthusiasts.