Gil Hovav is Israel’s leading culinary journalist and a popular TV personality. Gil has played a major role in the remaking of Israeli cuisine and the transformation of Israel from a country of basic traditional foods into a “gourmet nation”. Gil has produced some of Israel’s most popular TV cooking shows and written a number of bestselling cookbooks and novels.
As an author, Gil has published three best-selling novels, all related in different ways, to his family’s colorful history, exposing with humor and emotion a Jerusalem of his childhood that no longer exists. The fourth, titled Twenty Four Doors, was published in April 2015 and hit the top of the national bestseller list. The first English edition, Candies from Heaven was released in November 2017.
Nowadays, Gil is busy with his publishing and production company — Toad Communications and with his weekly radio show about restaurants in Israel. His latest 20 episode TV series, ‘Food for Thought’ included 20 interviews with Nobel laureates, including John Nash, Elie Wiesel, Daniel Kahneman, Eric Kandel and many others.Gil lives with his partner Dan, whom he met during their army service, and together they raise their daughter, Naomi.