28 August 1980 |
Croydon, South London, England
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
Her paternal family were Chinese immigrants to Malaysia, part of the Khoo Kongsi clanhouse located in George Town, Penang. Her father emigrated from Ipoh to the UK aged 16 in 1968, the year before the Malaysian riots. There he met and married her mother, an Austrian native. Rachel was born in Croydon, South London. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Khoo initially worked in public relations in the fashion industry. Looking for "adventure" in her life, she undertook a three-month patisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Deciding to relocate, working part-time as an au pair she gained a pastry degree. She then worked in cookbook store La Cocotte, from where she ran baking workshops.
Khoo has written two cookery books published in French: Barres à céreales, muesli et granola maison (Homemade muesli bars, muesli and granola) and Pâtes à tartiner (Homemade spreads), published by Marabout. Both of these have been translated into English - Rachel Khoo's Muesli and Granola, and Rachel Khoo's Sweet and Saveoury Pâtés. Her third book, written in English, The Little Paris Kitchen is also the name of her first TV series, which began airing on British TV on 19 March 2012. The book has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Danish, Latvian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, American English and Norwegian.
Khoo released My Little French Kitchen in September 2013 (published by Michael Joseph). She recently[when?] completed filming her new TV show for BBC Worldwide. Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London and Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook is a two-part series currently airing in various overseas territories.
As of August 2014, Rachel is working on her new book Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, due out 12 February 2015.
On 9th 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.
- —— (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.
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- England & Wales birth index 1916-2005, Ancestry, retrieved 13 June 2013.
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- "Rachel Khoo cooks up a Parisian feast". BBC. 27 January 2012.
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- "La Petite Cuisine a Paris". Retrieved 5 April 2012.