ilian began his career in photography as a news photographer before moving to London and starting a new career in commercial photography, developing his own unique style, balancing commercial appeal with an acutely artistic eye. He has over 30 year’s experience working in editorial and commercial projects specialising in food styling and photography, both locally and internationally. He shoots from his Cambridge based kitchen studio. His clients are companies such Mornflakes, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge University, Manchester University, Hamlyns of Scotland, Bäkehaus, Lacrima, Felicini Restaurants, Cherry Tree Bakery, Metropolitan Hotel, Casino Flamingo-F, AstraZeneca. His work appears in Waitrose food, BBC GoodFood, Olive, FOUR, Culinary Artist, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer and The Rock magazines.
ilian teaches food styling and photography at HRC Culinary Academy and also does food styling and photography master classes across the globe.
He has published three cookery books all awarded with Gourmand Best in the World Certificate.
ilian also has more than ten solo photo exhibitions, the most successful ones are:
1998 “Old Houses” – Sofia
1999 “War in Kosovo” – Sofia
2000 “Mount ATHOS” – Sofia, London, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Warsaw, Bratislava and Plovdiv
2004 “Ballet Portraits” – Sofia
2012 “Edible Art” – London, Moscow, Manchester, St. Petersburg, Sofia
2017 “Vegan Art” – Denmark, China
The Magic of Chocolate' book contains a stunning collection of over 80 original, contemporary and delicious chocolate-based recipes that inspire to master the delicate art of patisserie and chocolate. Chocolate is the hero ingredient and each recipe adds to the endless diversity of flavours and forms that the cacao magic can deliver. Elitza, the master chocolatier, introduces different textures and gives invaluable advice on how to combine exotic flavours with chocolate. Elitza generously shares her techniques and her most delectable secret recipes, starting with the basics like tempering, making delicious bonbons and bars of chocolate, providing rich and deep flavours. The book will indulge your inner chocoholic with the ultimate recipes such as French Praline Macaroons, Chocolate Cheese Truffles with Apricots, Chocolate Tiramisu and a lot more.
The book brings together the knowledge, experience and creativity of 20 top Bulgarian chefs. I am extremely proud and feel very lucky to know these chefs and to have worked with them on this book. They are so brave to have revolutionised Bulgarian cuisine with new and modern flavours. Of course this new generation of chefs haven’t created an entirely new cuisine, they have rather discovered new ways to combine traditional foods with new ingredients and tastes.
Recipes from around the world. Best in the world certificate Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2016