The founder of İkbal, Chef Salim enters into the art of food at the beginning of 1900s. Later on he works in İstanbul Yıldız Palace as assistant cook. Leaving the palace as a chef, Chef Salim starts his own business via opening a small restaurant in Afyon, his hometown, together with his elder and small brothers. When the news of Atatürk visiting Afyon arrive in 1934, how to host was discussed. The governor of the time, Ahmet Evrendilek, opens the issue to the province chief clerk Bekir Evrenkaya. Evrenkaya says that he may call Chef Salim, son of Kabaklı Quarter Representative Mustafa Pancar for the preparation of the food. Chef Salim starts the preparation of the Atatürk’s meals with extraordinary care and creates a glorious menu, prepared with great attention. Atatürk, enjoying the meal and the table greatly, calls for Chef Salim and listens to his story and asks for the name of his restaurant. Then says “If you continue like this your luck will be great. So the name of your restaurant shall be İKBAL meaning fortunate.” Before the general lefts Afyon the İKBAL name board is already hanged at its place.