The 8th March 2021 marks the 110th International Women's Day. This year's theme is set by the IWD team is #ChooseToChallenge - the idea being that a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change.
Here at Thaikhun we recognise this day as an incredible opportunity to shine the spotlight on the beating heart of our business - Kim Kaewkraikhot, our founder and very talented Executive Chef.
Kim didn’t have the easiest of upbringings in Kirimart Village, Thailand. She lost her father and brother at a young age and had limited access to education, however she always had a passion for food and loved cooking at home with her mum.
“It was very different growing up in Thailand. Times were tough but I had a big family and we would always work together. We loved to go out fishing and cooked together as a family – I think deep down I always knew I wanted to work with food.”
At the age of just 15, Kim left her village for the bustling streets of Bangkok, where after setting up her own garment factory she went on to open her own small Pad Thai cart in 1993. Kim’s Bangkok Pad Thai recipe is still used at our restaurants today and is proudly one of our most loved dishes!
A few years later, Kim was working on her infamous cart when a group on Englishmen came to try to it out. Martin, her now partner and our co-founder, was visiting Thailand on holiday when he convinced his friends to try out the Pad Thai and he fell in love. In 1999, Kim moved to the UK where she started off working as a waitress and kitchen porter. In 2004 Martin and Kim started their journey of bringing their vision and dream to reality – opening their first restaurant Chaophraya in Leeds, Martin's home town.