Rachel Khoo


Rachel Khoo's Simple pleasures

Rachel Khoo’s Simple pleasures Rachel Khoo’s Simple Pleasure is a brand-new Food Network series that follows chef, writer and broadcaster Rachel Khoo as she makes a range of mouth-watering dishes that she loves to cook at home.

Bringing all her usual flair and style, Rachel confidently and creatively transforms seemingly ordinary, easy-to-find ingredients into extraordinary meals and draws out the joy that can be found in simple, tasty home cooking.

The 8 episode (30 minutes each) series was produced by Hungry Gap Productions and Rachel Khoo’s own production company, Peas in a pot. Rachel executively produced this show.

Click here for the official Food Network’s Rachel Khoo’s Simple Pleasures homepage.

To accompany the series Rachel launched a charity e-cookbook which features all the recipes from the show. You can purchase it here.

TV: Remarkable Places To Eat

Rachel Khoo and Fred Sirieix in Remarkable Places to Eat

Fred Sirieix travels to Austria’s capital, Vienna, in the company of food writer Rachel Khoo. Rachel’s grandma is Austrian, and visiting Vienna and eating here feels like coming home. Vienna has a famous reputation for its art and culture, but its food scene is often overlooked. Rachel wants to prove to Fred that Viennese cuisine is vibrant and exciting and deserves international recognition.

Rachel and Fred start their journey in the historic first district, home to world-renowned art galleries and museums and the epicentre of coffee house culture. Rachel wants Fred to experience a slice of Viennese history, so she takes him to the iconic Cafe Demel. Founded in 1786, it became one of the appointed confectioners to the imperial and royal court during the Habsburgs’ reign. Fred and Rachel go behind the scenes to join the team of pastry chefs tasked with producing over 30 different types of cakes and bakes 365 days a year. They help strudel master Laia make the fiendishly difficult apple strudel.

Next, Rachel takes Fred on the city’s atmospheric tram to the 4th district, home to Zur Herknerin, a hidden gem that is always booked up in advance. Rachel calls owner Steffi ‘the queen of dumplings’, as she makes traditional Austrian dumplings the old-fashioned way, just like Rachel’s grandma used to make.

Rachel wants Fred to experience the new wave of experimental cooking that is taking the city by storm. Konstantin Filipou is a trailblazing chef pioneering a new approach to Viennese cooking at his two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Eating here in the evening can be costly, so Rachel recommends the three-course business lunch, which is a fraction of the price.

Last but not least, Rachel wants Fred to experience her favourite cheap eat. For many Viennese, a night out wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s many sausage stands.

Rachel Khoo takes Fred Sirieix on a whirlwind gastronomic tour of Vienna in BBC Two’s Remarkable Places to Eat.

58 minutes first aired on BBC Two 25th June 2020.

Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen

Rachel’s personal life has taken her north to Sweden where she has now lived since 2016. Her new adopted country is the inspiration and setting for this beautifully 8 part TV series. She hits the Swedish road where she meets passionate foodies, cooks and producers. After her travels in each episode Rachel returns to a little Swedish ‘stuga’ (Swedish for cabin) to cook up recipes inspired by her visits.

The show aired on The Food Network UK in the summer of 2019 and has since aired on Choice TV New Zealand, NHK Japan, SBS Australia, RTL Living Germany and is set to air in further countries around the world in 2020.

Episode 1 – Swedish Pantry: Rachel meets passionate forest forager who turns the fruits of the forest into delicious pickles, oils and jams. She also discovers an old flour mill specialising in hardy flours perfect to bake some treats back in her cabin.

Episode 2 – Sausage from scratch: The humble sausage is the hero with a visit to Rachel’s local hotdog stand to eat a Swedish classic, have a go at making her own sausage with two passionate artisan sausage makers aswell as rustle up a quick and easy dinner.

Episode 3 – The forest flavours: Autumn is the season of plenty in Sweden with the forests abundant with mushrooms. Rachel sets out to make the most with what is on offer in the forest aswell as pop by her local ice cream parlour for some Swedish ice cream inspiration.

Episode 4 – Swedish house man’s food: Comfort food plays a big role in the Swedish cooking tradition. Cold weather requires hearty flavours and robust produce to match. Rachel heads to a farm by the sea aswell

Episode 5 – A new diverse cuisine: Rachel heads to the Malmö Sweden’s third largest city to explore the diverse food culture and enjoy coffee and a bun with a Swedish fika (Swedish transl. to have a coffee and sweet treat) expert.

Episode 6 – The streets of Gothenburg: Rachel’s journey takes her to Gothenburg, the only Swedish city right on the Atlantic hence also being known for having the best seafood in Sweden. Naturally all things seafood are on the menu. Back in her cabin she also makes a burger with all the Swedish garnishes and a typical Swedish chocolate cake but with a Khoo twist of course!

Episode 7 – Fishing on the west coast: With lots of little colourful cabins dotted along the coastline it’s no wonder the seaside town of Smogen is the most liveliest Swedish summer town. It’s also where Rachel has a go at fishing for lobster.

Episode 8 – A festive ending: In the season finale Rachel hosts her own crayfish party before however she has to catch some. She also has her hand at blowing glass and visiting a glass factory where the furnace to heat up the glass is also used to cook.

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Tokyo NHK special


Rachel Khoo explores the Tokyo neighbourhood of Shitamachi, tries her hand at making Taiyaki and lots of other exciting local ingredients. She also cooks new recipes with her culinary finds in this one hour NHK special. 

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Tokyo aired on NHK Monday 1st October 2018.

Zumbo's Just Desserts season 1

Rachel filmed the first season with famous pâtissier Adriano Zumbo in April/May 2016. The show aired later that year in Australia and New Zealand and has since gone global on Netfllix.

The show tests and challenges the abilities of some of Australia’s brightest amateur pâtissiers to find just one shining culinary star.

Zumbo’s Just Desserts is produced by Australia’s Channel 7, makers of My Kitchen Rules, which Rachel appeared as a guest judge on in early 2016 and 2019.

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London

Rachel bids au revoir to her Parisian stopping grounds, and heads back to her hometown of London in ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’. This television adventure is a vibrant, creative and dynamic tour of London, spanning 10 episodes Rachel showcases 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. Episodes are also available from the BBC Store.

The series has also been made into a DVD and recipe card set in Japanese.

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),  Japan (NHK and Netflix), 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 series has since been made into a DVD with recipe cards in Japanese.

The first episode aired on BBC2 on the 19th of March 2012 at 8.30pm. To find out more about each episode, including the recipes and track listings follow the below links:

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

My Kitchen Rules, Australia

In early 2016, Rachel Khoo appeared in season seven of the Australian competitive cooking show My Kitchen Rules.

The show involves friends, family members, workmates and acquaintances with a shared love of food teaming-up and taking on a number of cooking challenges. One of the most notorious is the ‘instant restaurant’ round, where teams are required to cook a three course meal for the other contestants. Their food, ambiance, and attention to detail is scrutinised by the judges.

Rachel appeared in episodes 13-18. Episodes are available to watch online.

The show aired in New Zealand in May 2016.

Rachel appeared as a guest judge on MKR 10 year anniversary grand finale in 2019.

Take a behind-the-scenes peek at Rachel’s My Kitchen Rules wardrobe over on Khoollect.

A Cook Abroad

Rachel Khoo is one of six chefs who starred in BBC2’s brilliant series ‘A Cook Abroad’, which aired in March 2015. The series sees each chef explore a country that has informed or inspired their culinary career.

In Rachel’s episode, she travels to Malaysia – a natural choice seeing as her Dad is Malay Chinese, where she delves further into her culinary heritage than ever before and experiences new sides to Malaysian food and culture.

From journeying into the jungle and eating with the Orang Asli tribe, to cooking on the beautiful beaches of Penang, Rachel showcases the cultural melting pot that makes up Malaysia – as well as its beautiful food.

If you didn’t already have a case of wanderlust before watching the show, then you may well do afterwards.

Rachel’s Malaysia episode aired on BBC2 and BBC2 HD on Monday 9th March 2015 at 9pm. It was repeated on Friday 13th March at 7pm.

It has since aired globally aswell as being available to watch on Netflix.

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Yamanashi NHK special

Rachel Khoo tastes wine in the Yamanashi region of Japan for NHK.

Rachel Khoo explores the Yamanashi region of Japan known for it’s amazing fruit and vegetable produce, particularly persimmon in the Autumn. She visits a farm where a third generation farmer and also cookery teacher shows her how she makes her vegetable pickles and mochi. She also tries the local wine and cooks up a Christmas feast for the people she has met along this visit to come and try.

The show will air on NHK the 2nd December 2019 at 22.50-23.19

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook

Rachel’s culinary adventures continue in the second-part of this series: ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook’. A colourful and energetic tour around some of Europe’s most exciting cities and towns, the show is sure to instill an urgent sense of wanderlust! After her travels, each episode sees Rachel returns to London to test out new flavours and techniques, and share her exciting new recipes inspired by her travels.

The show is currently airing on BBC Lifestyle in the following territories: Scandinavia, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and Asia; in Germany on Sixx; in Sweden on TV12 and in the US on the Cooking Channel. Episodes are also available in the BBC Store.

The series also exists as a DVD in German.

Episode 1 – Istanbul: From the bustling Grand Bazaar and its interesting wares, to up-and-coming pockets of the city, Rachel’s explores all that Istanbul has to offer.

Episode 2 – Amalfi Coast: The Amalfi Coast is home to a multitude of local specialties, and is the perfect destination to search for culinary inspiration, (especially for seafood recipes). Back in London Rachel creates her own take on the traditional ‘Panzanella’’.

Episode 3 – Costa Brava: Uncovering the secrets of the stunning Catalonian coastline, Rachel visits Costa Brava to discover how the locals cook their mouthwatering seafood to perfection. Rachel’s own ‘Seafood Paella Baskets’ are inspired by her time in Costa Brava, and are an exciting addition to entertaining at home.

Episode 4 – Provence: With its bountiful fresh produce and inspiring local producers, Provence in Southeastern France is any foodie’s idea of heaven. Rachel visits a local cheese maker and goat farmer, as well as calling in to visit a friend to share a delicious tarte tartin recipe together.

Episode 5 – Stockholm: Cosmopolitan, creative, with a touch of traditional charm – Scandinavian cuisine has taken the world by storm. Rachel discovers local restaurants in Stockholm serving up intriguing fare.

Episode 6 – Princes’ Islands: Rachel journeys to the Princes’ Islands of Istanbul, a chain of small islands worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An inspiring locale bursting with local culture, the islands are home to charming cafes and meandering streets. Back in London Rachel whips up her take on a traditional ‘mezze’, and for a sweet touch she bakes a beautiful ‘Pistachio Yogurt Cake with Pomegranate marbling’.

Episode 7 – Naples: Vibrant, gritty and unique, Naples is Rachel’s favourite Italian city. In this episode Rachel samples traditional pizza made by a master, which inspires her to create her own ‘Pizza Pasta’ dish back home in London.

Episode 8 – Swedish Archipelago: In this episode Rachel shares her passion for the beautiful Swedish countryside and woodlands. Inspired by the flavours and textures of the Swedish Archipelago, Rachel creates a ‘Savoury Swedish Celebration Cake’ – known as Smörgåstårta.

Episode 9 – Nice: During this trip to Nice, Rachel visits a local Socca bar to discover the recipe secrets behind the local specialty (large chickpea crêpes). A chilled out coastal town, Nice is home to bustling markets, wonderful olive groves, and charming French flair.

Episode 10 – Barcelona: An authentic tour of Europe’s food scene wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Barcelona. Rachel samples a modern take on Spanish tapas, some chocolate treats, and delicious ‘Churros’, a local favourite that she reinterprets back in her London kitchen.

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne

Rachel Khoo immerses herself in the world-renowned foodie capital of Australia in Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne. Always on the hunt for cooking inspiration, Rachel sketches ideas in her notebook to use when she’s back in the apartment of her warehouse kitchen. Throughout her journey, Rachel reveals a rich multicultural food scene and plenty of hidden sightseeing treasures.

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne premiered in 2015 on SBS, Australia. It has since aired globally (UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and many more countries).

Episode 1 – Rachel’s Australian food odyssey begins! Kicking off her eight week journey in one of the world’s most liveable cities, Rachel wanders around Melbourne’s European-designed streets and samples coffee at the city’s oldest establishment. Rachel explores the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere and discovers the importance early settlers had on Melbourne’s food scene. On her travels, Rachel also visits a new breed of restaurants with a ‘back to basics’ food philosophy and appreciation of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Episode 2 – Everything old is cool again in Melbourne’s retro heartland, with food and fashion leading the vintage charge. Rachel visits a century-old milk bar and samples a curious combination of Aussie classics at one of the city’s trendy Melbourne bars. Later, Rachel prepares a dish with Kate Gibbs, the grand-daughter of legendary Aussie cook Margaret Fulton.

Episode 3 – Rachel explores some of the city’s suburban pockets and discovers an open-hearted food community. First up she meets a kindred spirit and discovers some of the tastiest croissants outside of Paris. Rachel cooks with expat and seasonal cooking advocate Matt Wilkinson, before discovering a not-for-profit restaurant.

Episode 4 – Rachel takes a break from city life and spreads her wings on a road trip to the Bellarine Peninsula – a region emerging as the new ‘it’ area for foodies seeking local produce. Meeting up with a mussel trawler, winery owner and cheese maker, Rachel is treated to inspiring food stories and sensational fresh produce. Along the way, Rachel even has a go at milking a goat!

Episode 5 – Melbourne prides itself on being the sporting capital of Australia. Rachel discovers what fuels the city’s weekend warriors and shines a spotlight on sport fanatics’ favourite gourmet fast food. She cooks with the city’s original food truck proprietor, samples the best Southern fried chicken Melbourne has to offer, and visits a cutting edge craft beer brewery.

Episode 6 – Immigration has played a massive role in shaping Melbourne’s food scene. Keen to explore this melting pot of cuisines, Rachel explores a Vietnamese food market, tracks down a suburban hot bed of Greek eats, and learns how to make passata from an Italian-Australian nonna.

Episode 7 – Rachel uncovers one of Melbourne’s lesser-known day trips when she for the hills and explores the outer-suburb of Dandenong. She meets up with passionate Argentinian chef Mauro Callegari from The Independent restaurant and together the pair cook locally caught golden trout. Later, Rachel uncovers the secret behind Melbourne’s delicious mushrooms and finds an orchard full of seasonal fruits.

Episode 8 – Rachel wraps up her Melbourne immersion with a look at the city’s current and future food trends. She meets a Thai couple who have crafted their passion for Asian-fusion food into a unique all day breakfast. Rachel cooks with a local who represents the growing breed of mixed heritage chefs, and checks out a Texan-inspired smokehouse restaurant. Culminating her time in Australia, Rachel invites the series’ guests to a barbecue party at her Melbourne apartment.

Out Now!

Rachel Khoo's Chocolate e-cookbook

With over 30 delicious recipes, this e-cookbook showcases wonderful new ways to cook with cocoa. This is not just a dessert book; within you'll find a whole range of recipes for every occasion from a decadent chocolate tahini caramel torte, to a confit cocoa cod with lemony white chocolate sauce. These recipes are featured in Rachel Khoo's Chocolate TV show.

100% of the proceeds* from this book will be donated to Women’s Aid (charity number 1054154)