Rachel Khoo

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Rachel Khoo
Born (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 35)
Croydon, South London, England
Residence London, United Kingdom
Alma mater Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
  • Chef
  • Writer
  • Broadcaster
Years active 2010 to present
Website www.rachelkhoo.com

Rachel Khoo (born 28 August 1980[1][2]) is an English chef, writer and broadcaster, with her own BBC cooking series.

Early life[edit]

Her paternal family were Chinese immigrants to Malaysia and were part of the Khoo Kongsi clanhouse located in George Town, Penang. Her father emigrated from Ipoh to the UK at aged 16 in 1968, the year before the Malaysian riots. He later met and married her mother, an Austrian native.[3] Rachel was born in Croydon, South London. She has a younger brother named Michael. She attended primary school in Bromley.[4] At 12, her father's job in IT forced the family to move to Bavaria, where they lived in the countryside outside of Munich for four years. They returned to the UK when Rachel was 16. [5][6][7][8] She attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and earned a degree in art and design.[7]


Early career[edit]

After graduating university, Khoo initially worked in public relations for the luxury fashion retailer, Thomas Pink.[3][9] Looking for "adventure" in her life and with no knowledge of French, she undertook a three-month patisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2006. Deciding to permanently relocate to Paris, she worked part-time as an au pair, sold perfume at the upscale department store, Printemps, and eventually earned a pastry degree. Later, she worked in at the Parisian cookbook store and café, La Cocotte, where she ran baking workshops .[1]

While working at La Cocoette, Khoo often attended cookery events for various book launches. American cookbook author Marc Grossman had her test recipes for one of his books, which later led to a meeting with his editor. [5] In 2010, Khoo received her first publishing deal for two French-language cookery books: Barres à céreales, muesli et granola maison and Pâtes à tartiner which were published by Marabout. Both of these were later translated into English as Rachel Khoo's Muesli and Granola, and Rachel Khoo's Sweet and Savory Pâtés. She worked briefly in Germany as a freelancer for Volkswagen. [10]

After successfully pitching publishers the concept for another cookbook, Khoo opened a small restaurant to test recipes for her first English-language cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen. Fit for just two diners at a time, she prepared food out of her Paris flat in the Belleville neighborhood. Using social media to advertise the restaurant, she quickly attracted a large fan base.[11]Later, The Little Paris Kitchen, became her first TV series with the BBC. Her restaurant closed before production began on the series. The six episode series was filmed in Khoo's Paris kitchen, and began airing on British TV on 19 March 2012. [12][13] The book has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Danish, Latvian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, American English and Norwegian. Both the cookbook and television series received critical and commercial acclaim. The cookbook sold more than 120,000 copies, while the television series was watched by over 1.5 million viewers. [14]

2013 to present[edit]

Khoo released her second English-language cookbook, My Little French Kitchen in September 2013, which was published by Michael Joseph. My Little French Kitchen sold upwards of 1,000 copies a week.[15] In 2014, she completed filming two new cooking series for BBC Worldwide called Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London and Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook. Both series aired in the UK and internationally. In Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook, a 10 episode series, she visited various European cities, including Stockholm and Istanbul, and cooked dishes inspired by her travels.[16] In August 2014, Rachel began her new writing her newest cookbook, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, which was later released in the UK on 12 February 2015.[17] In November 2014, she travelled to Malaysia to film an episode of the series, "A Cook Abroad". On 9 March 2015, BBC television aired "A Cook Abroad : Rachel Khoo's Malaysia", where she visited the home of her extended family and got to explore the cuisine of the country.[16] Khoo filmed her fourth television series, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne, for several months beginning in February 2015. The series premiered in Australia on 23 July 2015 on the network, SBS.[18]


Year Television series Notes
2012 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 6 episodes
2014 Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London 10 episodes
2014 Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook 10 episodes
2015 A Cook Abroad: Rachel Khoo's Malaysia 1 episode
2015 Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne 8 episodes[19]

Personal life[edit]

When she was 26 years old, Khoo moved to Paris where she lived for eight years. She later returned to London, settling in Hackney. In May 2015, she revealed that she is engaged. Khoo speaks French and German.[6]


  • —— (2010). Barres de Céréales - Muesli et Granola maison. Marabout. ISBN 2501064194. 
  • —— (2010). Je fais mes Pâtes à Tartiner. Marabout. ISBN 2501067770. 
  • —— (2012). The Little Paris Kitchen. Michael Joseph. ISBN 0718158113. 
  • —— (2013). My Little French Kitchen. Michael Joseph. ISBN 0718177479. 
  • —— (2013). Rachel Khoo's Muesli and Granola. W&N. ISBN 0297868934. 
  • —— (2014). Rachel Khoo's Sweet and Savoury Pâtés. W&N. ISBN 0297868950. 
  • —— (2015). Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook. Michael Joseph. ISBN 0718179463. 


  1. ^ a b Scott, Chloe (2012-03-14). "How Brit Rachel Khoo seduced the French with Paris' smallest restaurant". Metro. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ England & Wales birth index 1916-2005, Ancestry, retrieved 13 June 2013 .
  3. ^ a b Shaitly, Shahesta (2012-03-18). "Why we're watching… Rachel Khoo". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Hind, John (2013-10-21). "Rachel Khoo: 'Chocolate I'm not fussed about, but cheese: wow'". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Armstrong, Stepheh (2015-03-11). "Rachel Khoo: 'Some chefs have a few issues with my image...'". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "'If you consume more calories than you burn off, what do you expect?'". The Telegraph. 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Day, Elizabeth (2012-07-15). "Rachel Khoo: 'My parents thought I was mad to go off baking cakes in Paris'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rachel Khoo cooks up a Parisian feast". BBC. 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Lampert, Nicole (2013-10-04). "Rachel Khoo tells Nicole Lampert how fame's turned her life upside down". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Rowbotham, Jill (2015-07-25). "Rachel Khoo, food writer, 34". theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Day, Elizabeth (2014-07-14). "Rachel Khoo: 'My parents thought I was mad to go off baking cakes in Paris'". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "La Petite Cuisine a Paris". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Wright, Jade (2015-09-15). "Liverpool Food and Drink festival: Rachel Khoo on why she can't wait to cook for Liverpool". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Wright, Jade (2015-09-15). "CLiverpool Food and Drink festival: Rachel Khoo on why she can't wait to cook for Liverpool". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Chiam, May. "Guess Khoo’s here? - Features". The Star Online. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  17. ^ "Rachel Khoo: I'm no kitchen minx". thedailytelegraph.com.au. 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Smith, Annabel (2015-07-04). "Cooking with Rachel Khoo in my Little Melbourne Kitchen". goodfood.com.au. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne Episode Guide". SBS Australia. 3 August 2015. 

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