The Story of Baklava began long ago. The mighty Assyrians, who had been preparing it as early as the 8th century B.C. by layering unleavened flat bread with chopped nuts in between, drenching it in honey and then baking it in primitive wood-burning ovens. The modern day Baklava went through a number of transitions as the history of the area kept on changing. Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, Balkans, Caucasia: Turk, Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, who introduced Baklava as their national dessert were all part of the Ottoman empire once.
It would be reasonable to conclude that making of Baklava has been seen as a Mastership on its own because of the importance given to Baklava in the Ottoman empire!