We had the good fortune of connecting with Davy Khy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I got to a point in my life where I felt disconnected from my job in fashion. I didn’t feel satisfied with sitting in an office all day. I wasn’t fulfilled by climbing the corporate latter anymore. There is nothing wrong with wanting that, but I wanted something different. I craved something that fed my soul. I wanted to cook. I wanted to learn all of my mother’s Cambodian recipes so I could share them with my family and pass them onto the next generation.
When I became so unhappy and maybe even depressed, I knew something had to change. Somehow I found the courage to quit my job without a concrete game plan. I committed myself to cooking, and learned 60 recipes in 1 year! During this process, I slowly started independently consulting in the fashion industry to support myself. I’ve never worked for myself before and wasn’t even confident I could make it work. But sometimes, things just come together when you are ready to take a risk. Now consulting has given me the flexibility to cook and blog.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from others is that I have a very unique background and story. My parents survived the genocide in Cambodia and I was born in a refugee camp in the Philippines. I have choices and opportunities that my parents didn’t have. I have the privilege of pursuing my passions and the luxury of quitting my job. Most people don’t have that option.
My journey definitely wasn’t easy. There were a lot of tears and self-doubt. It’s always scary to deviate from the norm and start over but I kept pushing through my insecurities and I got comfortable with being uncomfortable. I went an entire year making a third of what I used to earn. But you know what? Those 60 Cambodian recipes I learned last year are priceless. I’m proud of myself for making that work!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in or around Los Angeles include The Bridge to Nowhere hike, Joshua Tree, Santa Barbara Wine country, hiking in Griffith park, The Observatory, fried lobster at Newport Seafood in San Gabriel Valley, Boiling Crab in Ktown , Tar & Roses for a nice dinner in Santa Monica, the drive up PCH to Malibu, Leo’s Taco Truck for al pastor tacos, sushi at Boss Sushi, pasta at Osteria Mama. I love that in LA, you can go on a beautiful hike in the mountains and take a walk along the beach in the same day. You can also eat amazing food at a hole in the wall or at a 5 star restaurant. You can drive out to the desert for a weekend getaway or drive up the coast to wine country. Because Los Angeles has so many different neighborhoods, it kind of caters to everyone.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t think I would have recognized the change I needed to make in life if it weren’t for the help of my friend Mimi Truong, who is a career coach and astrologist. She asked me all the right questions to help me find my own answers. Sometimes it’s hard to find answers, when you don’t know the right questions to ask.
Josepp Smey for the profile photo of me in the yellow dress only.