Ilian cooks up a storm with wins at in­ter­na­tional con­test

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A FOOD pho­tog­ra­pher who wrote his first two cook­ery books while liv­ing in Tyther­ing­ton has won two pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional awards.

Ilian Iliev beat off about 120 com­peti­tors from more than 200 coun­tries around the world at the Gour­mand World Cook­book Awards in Yan­tai, China with his books ‘The Bul­gar­ian Cheese Cook­book’ and ‘Cook­ing With Yo­ghurt’.

His cheese cook­book won the Jury’s Award at the com­pe­ti­tion while the yo­ghurt one, his first book, was joint third in the world for pho­tog­ra­phy.

The cook­books, which Tyther­ing­ton based di­eti­cian Sian Ri­ley also con­trib­uted to, con­tain hun­dreds of recipes from all parts of the world in­clud­ing Asia, Europe and Africa and recipes from Ilian’s child­hood in Bul­garia.

They fea­ture both savoury and sweet foods with a twist and read­ers can dis­cover delights 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 was just over the moon when I found out I had won. It was great to visit China too and I made sure I tried some of the Chi­nese food though even though I was a bit scared to do so to be hon­est!

“I don’t think I’ll be in­clud­ing any Chi­nese food in my books though as they eat a lot of seafood there and I don’t re­ally cook with seafood.”

All the recipes in the dad-of-one’s books have been tested on friends and fam­ily, a task they hap­pily agree to.

And the pho­tog­ra­pher has a keen as­sis­tant, his daugh­ter, Amelie, 12, with whom he shares his pas­sion for cook­ing.

Ilian, 51, who has also con­trib­uted to more than 40 cook­books, spends a lot of time in the kitchen with his daugh­ter, his ‘main cook­ing part­ner’.

And the young­ster is col­lab­o­rat­ing with her dad on his next book.

But the for­mer mem­ber of St Peter’s Church in Prest­bury is re­main­ing tight-lipped about its con­tents. He said: “It’s a se­cret for now.”

Ilian’s books are avail­able on Ama­zon and in Water­stones.

●● Ilian Iliev with one of his cer­tifi­cates at the Gour­mand World Cook­book Awards in China

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