The Gourmand Cookbook Award Goes to a Turkish Head Chef: Musa Dagdeviren

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Lately, a Turkish Cookbook has won the most prestigious award in its own category. The book belongs to the founder and head chef of the Anatolian restaurant Çiya. The writer of the book and the head chef of the restaurant is Musa Dağdeviren. And his restaurant is in Istanbul. Meanwhile, the award is the highest cookbook award in this category. The award is as important as a Nobel for cookbooks. The world-renowned publishing house Phaidon published the book and as soon as they published, the book attracted huge attention.

Lately, a Turkish Cookbook has won the most prestigious award in its own category.
Lately, a Turkish Cookbook has won the most prestigious award in its own category.

What is the “Gourmand Award”?

Gourmand Cookbook Award is the most prestigious book award in the category of the cookbook. Further, the committee annou3nces a list of winners every year. So the owner and the head chef of Çiya restaurant Musa Dağdeviren took place in the first place of this year’s list. The name of the book is The Turkish Cookbook and its language is English.

In addition to the language of the book is being English, it also contains over 500 recipes from every part of Turkey. The book contains recipes for popular dishes, as well as rare local ones. On the other hand, the publishing house said that the book was a first in that it reflected the true variety in Turkish cuisine.

Musa Dağdeviren opened his first restaurant on the side of a highway in the southeastern province of Gaziantep in 1987.
Musa Dağdeviren opened his first restaurant on the side of a highway in the southeastern province of Gaziantep in 1987.

Who is Musa Dağdeviren?

Musa Dağdeviren opened his first restaurant on the side of a highway in the southeastern province of Gaziantep in 1987. He is mostly famous for his significant role in commercializing local tastes from eastern Turkey. What’s more about him, he was also the first cook from Turkey to take part in Netflix’s gastronomy docuseries Chef’s Table. So, the docuseries is a world-famous Netflix show and the chef, Musa Dağdeviren, took part in the season 5 episode 2. The story is after journeying through Turkey’s regions, Chef Musa transformed the culinary scene in Istanbul. Then, he started preparing traditional Turkish dishes in his restaurant.

The world-renowned publishing house Phaidon published the book and noted that Dağdeviren is the “leading authority in unique food transformations,”. The chef, Musa Dağdeviren, played a huge role in introducing Anatolian cuisine to the world at his restaurant Çiya.

The world-renowned publishing house Phaidon published Musa Dağdeviren's book.
The world-renowned publishing house Phaidon published Musa Dağdeviren‘s book.

Gourmand Award 2020 List

Gourmand Cookbook Awards is considered as the Nobel in the category of cookbooks. So, every year they announce a new list which contains the winners from different countries. Hence, 9 cookbooks from Turkey also took place among the winners of this year’s list, which is one of the most prestigious cookbook contests in the world. So, here is the list of other candidates from Turkey and their books:

  • The Turkish Cookbook – Musa Dağdeviren
  • Geçmişten Geleceğe Kayseri Mutfağı – Yunus Emre Akkor
  • Bir Dünya Börek – Ayfer Yavi
  • Kahve Fincandan – Cenk Girginol
  • Kokular Kitabı IV – Vedat Ozan
  • Karakılçık – Taha Dinç
  • Özlem’s Turkish Table – Özlem Warren
  • Yeni Akdeniz Diyeti – Prof. Dr Metin Özata, Dr Atilla Bektaş
  • Tarhana, MSA

It all started with a small restaurant on the corner of a road in Turkey's southeastern city Gaziantep.
It all started with a small restaurant on the corner of a road in Turkey’s southeastern city Gaziantep.

Which Committee Does Organize the Contest?

Gourmand International annually organizes the contest. And they choose the candidates from every part of the world, then determines the winners. Through their official website, you can also see the other nominees and winners, as well.

 

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