Having started her cookbook career late in life, Mohana Gill is quickly catching up. In fact, she’s already nabbed more Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ Best in the World titles than any other Malaysian!
At the recent Gourmand Awards’ Best of the Best in October, Mohana received the highest honour of all: her 2007 debut cookbook Fruitastic beat out other Best in the World winners over the past 20 years in the category of Best Fruits Cookbook.
The Best of the Best celebrates 20 years of the Gourmand Awards, which was introduced in 1995 by Frenchman Edouard Cointreau.
Every Best in the World winner over the past 20 years was considered for a Best of the Best award in their respective category.
Mohana was ecstatic about her win and said, “When you do something and you enjoy doing it, the fact that somebody recognises it is great. It was a good feeling to know that a book written nearly 10 years ago was still considered one of the best.”
Another Malaysian Best of the Best winner was the irrepressible Chef Wan, who picked up an award for Best Celebrity Television Chef.
On his Instagram account, Chef Wan expressed jubilation about his and Mohana’s win.
“We both said, ‘Wow, the Best of the Best ini … menang lagi for Malaysia kan’.”
This sense of camaraderie ex-tended to the awards’ food demo, where Chef Wan was on hand to help Mohana in the kitchen.
“He was really gracious, extremely charming and chopped up all my garlic and chillies for me,” she reminisced.
Despite being in her late 70s, Mohana doesn’t believe in slowing down.
The author of seven books, she published her latest cookbook Happylicious this month, and is already hard at work on a new eight-book series, which aims to teach children about nutrition.