Rachel Khoo


Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London

In her new television adventure, Rachel bids au revoir to her Parisian stopping grounds, and heads back to her hometown of London. ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’ is a vibrant, creative and dynamic tour of London, and in 10 episodes Rachel shares the colours, sights and sounds (and food!) that inspire her in the bustling capital. Aimed at a global audience and airing around the world, the series launched in Poland on January 6, 2014.  ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’ is currently airing via the following BBC territories: BBC Poland, BBC Nordic, BBC Middle East, BBC Asia, and BBC South Africa.

Episode 1 – Fashion: Capturing London’s individual style, the series kicks off with a visit to a pop-up restaurant (hidden at the back of a boutique), and Rachel checks out one of the city’s unique rooftop haunts.

Episode 2 – Crowd Pleasers: Rachel explores the food scene in vibrant East London, and visits her favourite 24-hour bagel shop, where she discovers that a simple approach is often the secret to success. From a twist on chilli and tortillas to colourful canapés perfect for entertaining, Rachel whips up some fuss-free crowd pleasers.

Episode 3 – Nostalgia: Rachel revamps some of her childhood favourites in this episode, and calls into a very unique ‘ice cream lab’. Plus, she shows us the secret behind creating the perfect strudel, one of her family’s favourites.

Episode 4 – Fast Food: Exciting and innovative – London’s fast food scene is constantly changing and reinventing itself. Rachel samples some of the city’s premier (gourmet) fast food, including hot Taiwanese sandwiches and Caribbean Jerk Chicken.

Episode 5 – Lazy Days: We slow down the pace in this episode, and Rachel cooks comfort food, designed for relaxing – whether it’s on the couch or a at picnic.

Episode 6 – East Meets West: Rachel whips up her favourite Malaysian dessert (adding a British twist), and shows us fabulous ideas for using up leftover roast meat in an soft steamed Asian bun.

Episode 7 – Traditional Values: A visit to a quintessentially British pub, a traditional fry-up, and a fuss-free Sunday roast: Rachel shares with us the very best of classic British fare.

Episode 8 – On the Move: The hustle and bustle and constant flow of people all around the city constantly inspires Rachel’s cooking (whether it’s the iconic tube or the sea of taxis).

Episode 9 – DIY: Rachel visits a Norwegian-style smokehouse in North London (in a transformed basement), and she samples some of Lillie’s homemade preserves and jams at the London Borough of Jam.

Episode 10 – The Pleasure’s All Mine: Rachel seeks out some of London’s luxurious treats, including Champagne high tea in Mayfair, and she whips up some delectable recipes to try at home.


The Little Paris Kitchen

Over six episodes, Rachel takes us from her own tiny kitchen in Paris to the capital’s timeless bistros. She walks us through the urban melting-pot of local Vietnamese and North African street markets and meets with some of Paris’s most knowledgeable home cooks. In an enchanting series that captures the magic of the city, she reveals French cooking for the 21st century. 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), 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.

The first episode aired on BBC2 on the 19th of March at 8.30pm. To find out more about each show, including the recipes and track listings:

Episode 1: The series kicked off with a tasty Croque Madame muffin and a visit to the top of the Grand Palais to taste some Parisian honey.

Episode 2: Rachel meets enlightened bread maker Christophe Vasseur and shows us her take on Boeuf Bourguignon with baguette dumplings.

Episode 3: We head to Rungis, Europe’s largest wholesale food market, and literally whip up a show-stopping Mousse au Chocolat.

Episode 4: Rachel visits neo-bistrot, Frenchie, which inspires a picture perfect Winter Salad with Goat’s Cheese Mousse.

Episode 5: Rachel leaves her little kitchen for an aperitif with friends and illustrates the art of oyster shucking.

Episode 6: Soupe au pistou gets a Vietnamese makeover and Rachel learns to make crepes on a market stall.

BBC 2 – 6 x 30 minutes – Production company: Plum Pictures