Food pho­tog­ra­pher snaps up na­tional award

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A FOOD pho­tog­ra­pher who wrote his first two cook­ery books while liv­ing in Tyther­ing­ton has won a pres­ti­gious na­tional award.

Ilian Iliev’s ‘Cook­ing with Yogurt’ has been awarded Best Pho­tog­ra­phy Cook­book UK and has been short­listed for the Gour­mand World Cook­book Awards 2016, along with his sec­ond book, The Bul­gar­ian Cheese Cook­book.

The cook­books re­flect his Bul­gar­ian back­ground and con­tain hun­dreds of recipes from all parts of the world in­clud­ing Asia, Europe and Africa and recipes from Ilian’s child­hood.

They fea­ture some rather un­usual recipes too such as cheese choco­lates, a cold yo­ghurt soup with car­rot and one of Ilian’s favourite dessert recipes, tiramisu with yo­ghurt.

The fa­ther-of-three, who lived for around seven years on Ken­twell Drive and now lives in Cam­bridge, said: “I’m over the moon to have won and was de­lighted when I got the email say­ing both books have been short­listed for the Gour­mand World Cook­book Awards.

“It’s even more spe­cial as they are my first cook­ery books.

“I feel con­fi­dent one of them will win some­thing be­cause the pho­tog­ra­phy is of a very high qual­ity.”

The pho­tog­ra­pher’s work has not fo­cused ex­clu­sively on food in the past but has cov­ered sub­jects as di­verse as the soli­tude of life as a monk and the bru­tal hor­rors of war.

But his love of cook­ing in­spired him to turn his lens on food.

All the recipes in the books have been tested on friends and fam­ily and he shares his pas­sion for cook­ing with his daugh­ter, Amelie, 12.

At home Ilian, 50, who has con­trib­uted to more than 40 cook­books, spends a lot of time in the kitchen with Amelie, his ‘main cook­ing part­ner’.

The sky is the limit now for the pho­tog­ra­pher, who will at­tend the Gour­mand World Cook­book Awards in Yan­tai, China, on May 29.

But the for­mer mem­ber of St Peter’s Church in Prest­bury misses his Tyther­ing­ton and Prest­bury friends, in­clud­ing Tyther­ing­ton based di­eti­cian Sian Ri­ley, who he has worked with on his books.

He said: “Tyther­ing­ton is very quiet and re­lax­ing, great for cre­ativ­ity.”

●● Pho­tog­ra­pher and au­thor Ilian Iliev with his award nom­i­nated The Bul­gar­ian Cheese Cook­book. In­set: Cook­ing with Yo­ghurt

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