There are now six Chaophraya restaurants across England and Scotland and eighteen sites under the Thai Leisure Groups umbrella, made up of four brands - Chaophraya, Thaikhun, YeeRah and ChaoBaby.
Kim is an extremely successful business woman but the raw passion she had when running her first street food stall still remains. You will regularly find Kim in our kitchens ensuring that each and every dish delivers a true taste of Thailand. To recreate these dishes, the majority of our chefs are Thai too so not only has Kim brought a flavour of Thailand to the UK, she has created hundreds of jobs nationwide.
Kim visits Thailand regularly to see family and to bring back innovative and traditional ideas to Chaophraya to ensure that we keep our position as the leading Thai restaurant group across the country. Kim and Martin both still love eating from the street food sellers in Bangkok when they visit Thailand.
“I try to go back once a year as my mum still lives over there so I like to spend as much time with her as I can. It’s great to go to all of the street vendors and new restaurants then go home and try out the dishes for my mum.”
We love that Kim cooks her recipes for her mum before bringing them over to the UK – another seal of approval!
“Martin and I always had a dream of owning our own restaurant and we are so lucky that this came true. I still pinch myself now, I can’t believe we have 20 restaurants across the UK. Follow your heart and trust your instinct, times can be challenging but it is always worth it.”
We’re so lucky to work with such an inspiration, admirable and entrepreneurial woman - thank you Kim!