Indonesian chef and food writer Petty Elliott’s cookbook “Jakarta Bites” was voted best in the world in the category of Street Food and best Indonesian entry at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards that recently took place at the Yantai Gold Coast Resort in China.

“Jakarta Bites” is a compilation of Petty’s interpretation of street food recipes from Jakarta – or Betawi cuisine – as well as iconic regional food from across the archipelago. Other nominated cookbooks in the category came from China, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.

Petty wasn’t the only Indonesian to receive an award that night: food guru William Wongso won in the category of Favourite Book of the Year with his cookbook “Flavours of Indonesia”.

“It is great news for Indonesia to be recognized globally for our cuisine,” Petty said.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television, attracting hundreds of entries from all over the world.

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge is a previous editor of NOW! Jakarta. An experienced writer and avid bookworm.