Woraphan Yui Miles

I come from a strong Thai family where cooking and eating have always been a focal point of family life. My parents had always cooked traditional Thai and Chinese inspired dishes throughout my childhood, which I helped prepare and cook from a very young age. My mum was the first person to really teach me to cook traditional Thai dishes passed on to her from my Grandma. My early childhood memory was being woken up at 4 am to prepare food to feed the monks at my local temple, which we would share after morning preys. When I got married and moved to the UK in 2001, I began to learn to cook more western and British food which adding my own Asian twist. I have followed my heart and passion for authentic Asian cuisine showcasing my dishes on BBC’s MasterChef UK 2019 as a quarterfinalist, the winner on ICG (Inspiring Culinary Generations) national cookery competition 2020. I am also appeared on Channel 4’s cooking game show called ‘Beat the Chef’ where I beat the chef with Thai dish and won the cash prize that enabled me to set up my cooking business. I have completed an NVQ L2 course in photography and did final project in food photography. My food photography skill has helped me to create some beautiful images of my creative dishes that have directly led to paid marketing campaigns with leading brands. I have also completed food and hygiene Level 3. With my love of cooking and food photography, I have a strong passion for authentic Asian dishes and flavours and British food with Asian twist. I have built a sizable, engaging audience on social media (Instagram and Facebook) and am actively working with leading brands creating recipes and static images to promote products on my platform (IG and FB) with the ability to reach out to likeminded consumers. I have worked with Sainsbury’s creating unique Asian recipes for Sainsbury’s website and social media. I work with Authority tourism of Thailand on many occasions for example creating Thai recipes and have been do many cooking demonstrations including Hampton court food festival (one of the biggest food festivals in the UK), The Destinations holiday event and also virtual Destinations holiday event over the lockdown. I also work with The Office of Commercial Affaires, Royal Thai Embassy, London crating Thai recipes and cooking videos on social medias to promote Thai cuisine and Thai food products in the UK. I am a regular Cookery teacher at my local cookery schools teaching Thai and Asian cookery classes. I went international and travelled to Lagos, Nigeria to a big Food Festival (GTCO Food and Drink Festival in 2022) to host a Thai masterclass cooking demonstration for over 500 people in the audience. Apart from and cooking demonstrations and creating recipes with brands, I am a private chef, I have been doing many Thai private dining at clients’ homes, supper clubs and pop-up restaurants. I am a freelance cookery teacher and have been teaching cookery classes since 2019. My class is relaxed with clear and easy to follow recipes plus many tips to recreate the dishes at home with ingredients readily available from the local stores. My very first cookbook called ‘Thai Made Easy’ was out on 28th September 2023 which is now selling in the UK, US and Australia. With clear, uncomplicated instructions and accessible, supermarket-friendly swaps for traditional Thai ingredients is the aim for my cookbook Thai Made Easy to demystifies the process of cooking flavourful Thai dashes at home.

Special subjects

Asian cooking including Thai, Chinese, Japanese cuisine. Recipe development and recipe creator. Private dinning and cooking demonstrator.

Languages spoken

English Thai

Regular work

Cookery teacher Recipe developer Cookbook author Private chef Cooking demonstrator

Advisory boards / Awards

- BBC’s MasterChef UK 2019 as a quarterfinalist - Won the prize for Channel 4’s Beat the Chef. - Winner of ICG competition 2020

Commercial interests

Food Asian cooking Food writer Board caster

Woraphan Yui Miles