Cambodia Cooking Video Takes World TV Awards

“The Taste of Angkor” cookbook was published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PHNOM PENH – Video based on Khmer cookbook “The Taste of Angkor” has won a prize at the Best Television Awards in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

The television section was part of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards run from Nov. 27 to 29 along with the Saudi Feast Food Festival. 

“The Taste of Angkor” cookbook published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation won the Best Asian Cuisine Book and the Best Heads of State/Food in 2021 and 2022 respectively.  

Nine cooking videos with seven meals and two desserts derived from this cookbook won the award.  The videos were produced by the ministry’s National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Culinary diplomacy is a key component of the ministry's economic diplomacy strategy, which was launched in 2021. The aim is to raise the country's profile worldwide. 

It also helps the country in reaching its 2030 goal of being an upper-middle-income country and a high-income country by 2050. 

The efforts in getting the world to recognize the magnificent legacy of a millennium culinary heritage had finally paid off, the ministry said. This award reflected the ministry's goal to promote the country’s authentic cuisine. 

Another Khmer cookbook “SAOY - Royal Cambodian Home Cuisine” also won the Best of The Best Cookbook in The World 2023 award. 

This book consists of 60 recipes and ingredients used in the Royal Palace from the 1950s to 1970s. 

“SAOY” was compiled by Ros Rotanak, commonly known as Chef Nak. 

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards was established in 1995 by Frenchman Edouard Cointreau to promote culinary customs around the world. 


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