Rachel’s unconventional food background has helped formulate her unique culinary touch. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art & Design from the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Thereafter she worked for a luxury fashion brand, doing PR and e-marketing. Ultimately, her passion for pâtisserie lured her to Paris, where she studied at Le Cordon Bleu and obtained a pastry degree.
She put her skills to excellent use at the delightful Paris culinary bookstore and tea salon, La Cocotte. There Rachel concocted delicious sweet treats: she regularly provided catering for culinary book launches and hosted her own cookery classes on site. Following the success of her edible endeavours at La Cocotte, she now works on culinary projects throughout the world. Her role as an international food creative has spanned six-course dinners and workshops in places as far-flung as London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Melbourne, Sydney and Buenos Aires.
She is also a food writer with books “Barres à céréales, Granola et Muesli faites maison” and “Pâtes à tartiner” published by Marabout. “Barres à céréales, Granola et Muesli faites maison” has also been published in Dutch, Italian and most recently in English. Her third cookbook (her first English book) “The Little Paris Kitchen” was published by Penguin on March the 15th 2012. This book has also been translated into Brazilian, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Danish, Japanese, Latvian, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Taiwanese, USA and Norwegian. The book has been published in the USA, by Chronicle Books. The Japanese edition has been published by Shoeisha.
Her first cookery show “The Little Paris Kitchen” was aired on BBC 2 from the 19th March 2012 for six weeks and has since been shown around the world. The show has aired in territories including Africa, Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flemish speaking), Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong (and extensively throughout Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and Cambodia), Iceland, Italy (German speaking), Latin America (Central and South), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Middle East, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (German speaking) and the USA.
She released her new book “My Little French Kitchen” (published by Michael Joseph) in Autumn 2013. Foreign editions will be published in the following territories in 2014: Germany, Holland, Taiwan, Poland and the USA. Rachel has recently completed filming her new TV show for BBC WW. ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’ and ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook’ is currently airing in various overseas territories. She regularly writes a recipe column for the London Evening Standard as well as working on illustrations for her books.
Rachel is working on her fifth book “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook” to be published by Michael Joseph in February 2015.