is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Aperitivo
(Mitchell Beazley, 2017), Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl
(Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry & A Little Plate Of Tapas
(Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies
(Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini
(Mitchell Beazley, 2014).
In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen
and For The Love Of Veg
, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table
, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends
with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy
Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience that has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.
Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.
Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini
, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: 'She shakes a damn fine cocktail.') and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph
and Sainsbury's Magazine
. She has also written for the FT Weekend
, and has published recipes in The Times
and Borough Market's Market Life
magazine. Kay currently writes a monthly column for Delicious.
She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.