Thuy Diem Pham, chef and proprietor of The Little Viet Kitchen

After I took a brilliant foodie trip to Vietnam in November 2017, I’d been looking for a decent authentic Vietnamese restaurant in London. So when I was commissioned to photograph one in Islington for the May 2018 issue of Psychologies Magazine, I was thrilled. I’d seen a PDF of Thuy’s new book so I knew it was going to be an interesting space. The Little Viet Kitchen is a gem of a restaurant on the end of Chapel Market, Islington. Inside it was an ode to the feminine with pretty delicate touches from the personal flowers Thuy herself does, right down to the added little decoration details. Whatsmore, Thuy makes absolutely fierce Vietnamese food that packs an punch in the flavour stakes. She was totally inspiring to listen to, her journey to having this lovely little restaurant fascinating. I had a lovely time photographing Thuy, she was so amenable and we had a laugh. I went back the following month with my boyfriend where Thuy knocked our socks off with a brilliant Pho…I was taken right back to Vietnam.