Y Sok (pronounced ‘E Soak’) is a Cambodian-American chef, who learned to cook traditional Khmer cuisine from her mother and extended relatives. After the war in the 1970s, a large Cambodian community settled in the USA, taking its cuisine and culture with it.
Prior to opening Angkor Soul, Y has worked as a private chef, ran a catering business and taught cookery classes, alongside a career as a fine-art dealer.
Y is passionate about her food, and her philosophy is to offer an authentic menu using fresh, quality ingredients.
As far back as she can remember, she has been obsessed with food. Y has been cooking since she was 10, mostly for neighbourhood kids who would give her $2 each and she would put a picnic together in her parents’ yard. At a very young age Y realised how good food and a friendly atmosphere could bring people together.
Her family emigrated from Cambodia to the USA after the tragedies of the Khmer Rouge, and the meals that we prepared daily were all that reminded us of the old country.