By Laman Ismayilova
Well-known Azerbaijani chef Stalik Khankishiyev had a big success at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held in Yantai, China on May 29.
His book "Pilaf", which was published in 2015 at the publishing group AST, took the first place in the category "Best Silk Road cook book".
It has been the fourth time when the Azerbaijani chef is awarded at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Khankishiyev was the first author from the CIS who won at this competition.
His book "Bazar, Kazan and dastarkhan" won in the category "Best book of 2012 about national kitchen" at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held in Paris.
In 2014, the book "Grill" received the prize in the nomination of "Best book of the European broadcaster". The book "Kazan" is also among the winners of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honor the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. Books from 205 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the only international competition of the sector. It is free, and open to all languages.
Stanislav Huseynovich Khankishiev, better known as Stalik Khankishiev is a celebrity chef, photographer, and cooking writer born in Uzbekistan.
He was born in Fergana in the Uzbek SSR to an Azerbaijani father and a German mother.
The success of Khankishiev's books has been attributed to their high production values, stylish design, and a marketing strategy which has positioned them as a prestigious gift item. Moreover, they have won praise for their depth, including not only recipes but cultural and philosophical digressions, as well as a large number of photos.
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