The book Traditional Serbian food and recipes will allow all readers to find many old dishes, which are now on the border of oblivion, which can be rarely ordered in restaurants, and are rarely stored in the family archive.
“The author has endeavoured to present all the results of research work to this book to the public. The awareness that the nutrition of the Serbian people does not possess much of the historical, written material, is the reason why this topic is being processed gradually and thoroughly. METRO recognized the significance of this project, which is directly related to the company’s business and supported the author Miodrag Ilić to preserve from the oblivion a part of the culinary heritage of our ancestors.”, said Uros Urošević, Head of Relations with HoReCa customers in METRO Serbia and the author of the book review.
The book Traditional Serbian food and recipes has been supported by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce: “It is very important for us as an institution to recognize such projects, which have great importance for tourism and catering. The book is important for all those who enjoy food and history, for present and future generations in and out of the country. We believe this book will motivate caterers to include some of the specialties in the offer. Thank you again for including us in this project, “said Tijana Maljković, secretary of the Tourism Association of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
Miodrag Ilic, author of the book
Miodrag Ilic is the owner and chief editor of the portal “Recepti i Kuvar online”, which is registered online media, and the director of the company “Linkom-PC” Ltd. which is the founder of the portal.
Linkom-PC Ltd is a company has been present for more than 20 years on the IT market in the region, although micro-companies by size, leaving an very recognized mark with their engagement and participation in major IT projects.
The result of all this are two significant awards in IT Awards 2014: Certificate of Excellence – IT innovation of the year, Certificate of Excellence – Special award for contribution to IT Infrastructure, awarded by IT Awards jury, headed by Professor Dr Dragan Cosic, in the international competition of IT projects.
Portal “Recepti i Kuvar online”, after only two years of operation, received a prestigious award named TOP 50, which means that the portal ranked in the top 50 websites in Serbia for 2015, according to the jury of PC Press magazine.
In early 2017, the portal Recepti i Kuvar online, by Miodrag Ilić launches campaign to collect traditional recipes, the origin of which must be before the Second World War. This project, as unusually important for the preservation of intangible cultural traditions of the people who live in these regions, institutional and organizational supported by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce:
“Traditional recipes of the local cuisine is an important part of the intangible cultural heritage of each nation. The list of elements of the intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia, in addition to traditional crafts, folklore songs and dances, with naive painting of Slovaks, there are Belmuž, production of Pirot cheese, pazarske mantije (traditional method of preparation of pies in Novi Pazar). These elements are vital to the preservation of national identity, and are also an integral part of various tourism products.
A project to collect and promote traditional Serbian cuisine home recipes through the portal Recepti i Kuvar online and book publishing Traditional Serbian Cookbook, will bring new elements into the tourist offer of Serbia. We estimate that will allow better visibility of cultural, culinary and customary history of this area, which will aim to better information of individuals and businesses in the country and abroad. “
Professor Dr Sladjana Sobajic, the Author of the foreword and Associate
Dr Slađana Šobajić is a professor at the Department of Bromatology, Faculty of Pharmacy-Belgrade University. She has become Master of Science in 1991 at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Belgrade University and received her PhD in 1996 at the same faculty. She received a ICN Galenika prize for the best PhD thesis in 1996.
At the Department of Bromatology dr Sladjana Šobajić participate in teaching undergraduate studies in the subjects Bromatology, Dietetics, and Food Safety Control, but also in postgraduate studies – specialisation and doctoral studies.
From 1996 dr Sladjana Šobajić participate in projects of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Development of Serbia. She is a co-author of 132 scientific papers, of which 26 papers are published in SCI indexed journals with impact factor and 35 papers in national journals.
Dr Šobajić is a member of the faculty council, participates in the work of ethical committee, and of doctorial commission.
The research interest of Dr Šobajić are in areas of food chemistry and dietary products, physiological, biochemical, health effects of ingredients; estimation of nutrients, additives and contaminants’ intake, lipidology, functional foods. Dr Slađana Šobajić is a president of Serbian Nutrition Society from 2008.
Uros Urosevic, master chef and author of review
Master Chief Uros Urosevic is one of the most respected Serbian chefs who for years has been making great efforts in the development of home cooking and his promotion abroad. Urosevic is the first chef from Serbia who has been accepted into the most elite culinary association – the World Society of Master Chiefs from London, who thanks to numerous merit, activities and respected members won the title of the most prestigious and leading international association of bosses.
In his career, for more than twenty competitions, he was a member of the jury as an international gastronomic judge with a WACS license (World Cooking Association). In addition, he is Honorary member of the ACEEA association from Romania, the holder of the award Master Chef, awarded by the Association of Cooks of Mediterranean and European Regions, Honorary Member of the Euro-Heads of Portugal, and the holder of honorary association of the Cookery Association of Kazakhstan. He participates as an appraiser at the prestigious international ITQI Food Quality Assessment Institute in Brussels.
During his professional career he worked in several hotels and restaurants, and gained experience in all working positions, and today he is the manager for relations with Horec customers, METRO Cash & Carry. Previously, he was the head of the Metro HoReCa Center, the most modern center for education and promotion of hospitality in this part of Europe, which was opened in Belgrade in early 2013.
Kristina Gašpar, Associate Editor and Cook Editor
Kristina Gaspar is “food blogger”, but she doesn’t like to be called like this. Kristina is founder culinary blog named “Domaćica za vas” (Housewife for you), and she is great expert and lover of cooking and food. He is the author of many recipes that have their deserved place, in famous magazines like the “Magazine” (Politika) and “Stvar ukusa” (Adria Media), Danas online, …
She is a vegetarian for many years and her main motto is: “Taste not to be discussed! De gustibus non est disputandum! ”
Inspiration finding everywhere. Even when she see some food on the market or the store, gets an idea and knows what to make of it, and then how to photograph it.
For Kristina, apparently, a dish (recipe), by itself, is not enough … She’s presentation, arrangement and combination, put in at least the same or higher priority.
For all other “bloggers”, the average photography, something “piled” on a plate, dark and blurry photo is something to be proud of … However, for Kristina this is unacceptable … For her compositions and good photo a result of serious work.
Snezana Kitanovic, associate
Snežana Kitanović, the author of the blog Nenine kuhinjske čarolije, whose recipe for švarcvald cake is the bearer of the flattering title Best Sweets of the Year, for 2015, in the selection of the best recipes of the year on the portal Recepti and Kuvar online.
It was not easy to get this flattering award – in the competition of five most reviewed recipes in 2015, it was necessary to provide the best ratings of all jury members, as well as other competitors …
Dejan Ilic, master chef and associate
Dejan Ilic is a professional chef and carving master. Former professional sportsman, volleyball player, with a natural competitive spirit, engaged in the decoration of food (carving) 10 years ago, with great success. Numerous competitions and numerous medals, confirm that Dejan Ilic managed to unite the sporting spirit, the desire for success, talent, love, commitment and perseverance.
In Istanbul in 2014 won the first medals, two gold and one silver medal. That same year, he participated in competitions in Innsbruck and Sofia, and the most important competition was the World Cup in Luxembourg. In these competitions, he won a total of two gold, three silver and one bronze medal. In Luxembourg, at the World Cup, as the only representative of Serbia in the individual competition, won the silver medal, which is the first medal for Serbia in the carving on such a large event.