Rachel Khoo

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Rachel Khoo
Born (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 34)
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 chef, writer and broadcaster, with her own BBC series.

Early life[edit]

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 at aged 16 in 1968, the year before the Malaysian riots. There he met and married her mother, an Austrian native.[3] Rachel was born in Croydon, South London. She has a younger brother named Michael. At 12, her father's job in IT forced the family to move to Bavaria, where they lived for four years before returning to the UK when she was 16. [4][5][6] 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][8] 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 department stores, and eventually earned a pastry degree. She then worked in at the Parisian cookbook store, La Cocotte, where she ran baking workshops and earned her first book publishing deal.[1]

In 2010, Khoo wrote 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 Savoury Pâtés. 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.[9]

Later, The Little Paris Kitchen, became her first TV series with the BBC. The six episode long series was filmed in Khoo's Paris kitchen (the restaurant had since closed), and began airing on British TV on 19 March 2012.[10][11] The book has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Danish, Latvian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, American English and Norwegian.

2013 to present[edit]

Khoo released her second English-language cookbook, My Little French Kitchen, in September 2013, which was published by Michael Joseph. 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.[12] 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.[13] In November 2014, she travelled to Malaysia to film an episode of the series, "A Cook Abroad". 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.[12] Khoo filmed her fourth television series, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne, for several months beginning in February 2015. The series will first air in Australia on 23 July 2015 on the network, SBS. [14]


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 TBA

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. [4]


  • —— (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. ^ a b "'If you consume more calories than you burn off, what do you expect?'". The Telegraph. 15 May 2015. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Rachel Khoo cooks up a Parisian feast". BBC. 27 January 2012. 
  7. ^ 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. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "La Petite Cuisine a Paris". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Chiam, May (2014-12-27). thestar.com.my http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Food/Features/2014/12/27/Guess-Khoos-here/. Retrieved 2 June 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Rachel Khoo: I'm no kitchen minx". thedailytelegraph.com.au. 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Smith, Annabel (2015-07-04). "Cooking with Rachel Khoo in my Little Melbourne Kitchen". goodfood.com.au. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

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