Philippa Kingsley trained in the art of Thai Cuisine in London and Thailand and was a professional Thai chef for over twenty years. Originally from London, she came to Atlanta in 1996 via The Netherlands, with her two adored English Cocker Spaniels, Voguie and Cosmo.
Founder and Executive Chef of “Philippa’s Orient,” a unique Thai catering company specializing in a culinary experience personally designed for her clients.
The company catered large or small private dinner parties; events; wedding receptions; rehearsal dinners; cocktail parties featuring Thai canapés; Kosher Thai Cuisine; Glatt Kosher was available by request.
She established a Thai culinary school, where she conducted “hands on” full-participation or demonstration-only Thai cooking classes, corporate team building events, including private custom-designed Thai cooking classes in the comfort of the clients’ home.
Clients included: The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC for His Excellency, the Ambassador of Thailand; The Tourism Authority of Thailand New York; The Thai Trade Center Miami; The American Ambassador to The Netherlands; Embassies: South Africa; New Zealand; The Consul Generals of Great Britain, The Netherlands and Canada; Georgia State Botanical Gardens; Coca Cola Head Office in Atlanta; Phillips North America; The Speaker of the House, LT. Governor of Georgia and former Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young; international conductor Yoel Levi; Emory University.
Community events: Producer and Executive Chef representing Thailand at The Botanical Gardens, Atlanta; Executive Chef and producer of a Benefit for Aid Atlanta at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Buckhead; Guest Chef at the Grand Opening of Whole Foods first store in Atlanta; Thai cooking class instructor at Cooks Warehouse; Buford Highway Farmers Market.
Philippa was a featured contributing chef in the international Thai cookbook The Thai Table by Terry Tan, published by Marshall Cavendish. She was one of three chefs representing USA. She was a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier international association of women in the culinary arts; The Thai Assocation of Georgia, the only non-Thai person on the Board. She was bestowed the Thai name Khun Pimpa (wonderful lady) by a visiting Thai dignitary, and was granted a personal audience with HRH Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
Philippa believes she was Thai in a previous life, as there is no other explanation as to why she would cook Thai cuisine, embrace Thai culture and Thai people with open arms.
She comments, “In this life I had a Jewish grandmother, not a Thai grandmother! Jewish grandmothers like Thai grandmothers love to cook and show their love through their food!”
Towards the later years of her work as a chef, Philippa experienced deep sorrow for the animals used in all culinary fields. She became vegetarian, then pescetarian, followed by the final commitment of becoming vegan.
FEATURED IN PUBLICATIONS:
- Elle; Cosmopolitan; Wine & Dine; Tip Culinair( (Holland);
- Knife and Fork; The Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspaper; Symbol magazine; Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; Atlanta Jewish Life; Chai; Washington Jewish Week
TV & RADIO:
- FOX 5/WAGA TV “Good Day Atlanta”;
- WXIA TV – “Peachtree Morning”;
- WSB News Talk Radio:
- TurnerSouth – Guest Chef on “Home Plate”