OUR STORY

Producers of authentic sauces, marinades and curry pastes, The Coconut Kitchen was born out of a desire to bring an authentic Thai taste to the UK.  Creating delicious Thai meals has never been so easy.

The range has been created by head chef, Preechaya Phetprasert. Growing up watching her cookery teacher mother create delicious meals, Preechaya has been passionate about food from a young age. She trained as a chef in her native home of Thailand before moving to the UK. There she teamed up with budding entrepreneur, Paul Withington, who has a similar love of food. The two realised their joint dream of owning a restaurant and began by setting up a catering trailer in Paul’s hometown of Abersoch, North Wales, proving that restaurant-quality Thai cuisine can be created anywhere. The popularity of the trailer grew and soon the duo had opened their first Thai restaurant, The Coconut Kitchen.

For 11 years The Coconut Kitchen served hungry customers and won the coveted Best Oriental Restaurant award at the Food Award Wales in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, Preechaya began creating and bottling sauces as easy methods for customers to make their most popular dishes at home, without the need of a cookbook. Using only the best quality, natural and authentic ingredients, the sauces, as well as pastes, marinades and meal kits, became so popular they were soon selling out online and winning awards of their own.

In 2018, the team decided to focus their energies on creating products to help everyone in the UK prepare delicious Thai food at home and so closed the doors to the restaurant for the last time.

With seven Great Taste Awards already under their belt and many exciting new product launches on the way, The Coconut Kitchen is inspiring families throughout the UK and beyond to bring the taste of Thailand into their homes.

 

AWARDS

2013

Great Taste Award –  Pak Chong Hot Chili Sauce

2014

3 Gold Star Great Taste Award – Thai Green Curry Paste

Top 50 Products Great Taste Awards – Thai Green Curry Paste

Golden Fork nomination – Thai Green Curry Paste

Great Taste Award – Massaman Paste

Great Taste Award – Honey Garlic and Pepper Sauce

2015

Food Award Wales – Best Oriental Restaurant

Great Taste Award – Yellow and Red Curry paste

2016

Food Award Wales – Best Oriental Restaurant

Great Taste Award – Chill, Garlic and Basil Stir-fry Sauce

How it all began…

In 2004 Preechaya met Paul who was working as a market analyst in London, they both shared a love of food and a desire to set up their own restaurant. While they enjoyed the beginnings of their relationship in London conversation inevitably came back to food and So when Paul took Preechaya back home to meet his parents she fell in love with Abersoch the beautiful seaside town on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. So here, they decided to set up a Thai restaurant of their own but there was nowhere available for lease in this popular town so instead they decided to have a special 7 x 12 foot catering trailer built and pitched it in a field on Tyn y Mur campsite, right by the road. The idea being that they would cook restaurant quality food regardless of where they were cooking it!

While the trailer was a great success The Coconut Kitchen needed a home on a firmer footing and the following year vacant premises came available, by the harbor.  Whilst a lot of work was needed to turn it into the atmospheric restaurant they dreamed of it had a key component already installed – an open plan kitchen so their food, that was always the most important part of the operation continued to take the centre stage.