Updated: Sep 16
In an interview with Imogen Sandbach, Thai Apron Founder, Chutima Honsakul talks all about her culinary passion and how she became the UK's first Thai Meal Kit delivery service.
Photo: Chutima Honsakul from The Guardian
IS THAI FOOD SOMETHING THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT TO YOU?
I was born in Thailand, raised in Manchester since I was 5 years old. The only thing I remember about life in Thailand was my mum use to have her own street food stall in my hometown, Rayong.
GROWING UP I’VE ALWAYS LOVED THAI FOOD AND I BECAME MORE INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO COOK MY MUMS RECIPES.
In my teenage years, from age 15 I spent 5 years working in a various Thai restaurants including our family run Thai restaurant, where I watched my uncle, the head chef, Closely on his tips and tricks. I also visited Thailand once a year, as well as looking forward to visit the rest of my family back home, eating all the food was what I especially looked forward to. I love being close to my roots, this has really helped me to become the Chef I am.
WHAT LED YOU TO CREATE THAI APRON?
At the beginning of the first lock down back in May, last year. I was furloughed, and I started my own personal blog to post my recipes and my cooking at home. I came across some other brands that were doing meal kits, I tried one of their kits and got friendly with them, this gave me the idea to try it out too. I researched on the market and there aren’t any Thai meal kits doing this at the moment. So that was an opportunity for me and it began from there.
IN LOCK DOWN I BECAME THE UK’S FIRST THAI MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICE.
WHAT IS YOUR BRAND ALL ABOUT?
We bring premium Authentic Thai ingredients to your door, to help you cook real Thai food using my traditional recipes and homemade sauces.
Photo: Pad Kra Pow - Thai Apron
HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS?
It has been the perfect time to grow my business and help people learn to cook Thai food because people didn’t want to go out. Going out to find these oriental ingredients aren’t always easy,
SOME TOWNS MIGHT NOT HAVE ASIAN GROCERS, SO IT’S NOT EASY TO FIND ALL THESE THAI INGREDIENTS. THAT IS WHERE THAI APRON COMES IN, EVERYTHING WILL JUST COME TO YOU.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AND GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
I do plan to offer cooking classes in person when everything’s back to normal. So I can be one on one with people and teach them how to cook Thai food. I will also be featuring pop up and market stalls.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST SELLING MENU ITEM/S AND WHY?
I think the pad thai because it’s got a distinct flavour, and it’s unique as well. It is the dish that everybody probably knows when they think of Thai food. The khao soi, not a lot of people have heard or tried it but they should deficiently try it out, it is unique and something different.
WHERE CAN READER FIND YOU?