Top TV chef, writer, food consultant and MC Mentor Rachel Khoo on carving her career...
Most of us have spent an evening over a glass of wine debating an amazing business idea or carving out our dream career.
Our old MC mentor: Rachel Khoo, top chef and food consultant, knows a thing or two about this.
Rachel launched Paris’s smallest restaurant in her 21sq m flat to rave reviews just years ago. She’d been babysitting and working in a department store to fund her passion for cuisine.
‘I started my food career by quitting my job in fashion to move to Paris and study patisserie full-time,’ the 32-year-old says. ‘I did free work experience via a lot of door-knocking and pestering.
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‘I got in touch with food writer Marc Grossman, who was based in the city, and he gave me great advice about the best ways to get published as a writer.
‘While working in an independent cookery bookshop, La Cocotte, I was given the opportunity to start giving classes there, and this was my big break.’
Khoo now has three books, as well as a BBC2 series – The Little Paris Kitchen – to her name.