Ratha Tep

Ratha Tep is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland, who has covered travel, food, art, design, and culture for print and digital publications such as Afar, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. She was an editor at Food & Wine for seven years where she wrote and edited features. Ratha is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. 


Cambodian-born Ratha Tep grew up in New York City and spent much of her childhood documenting her adventures as if were the game show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” and walking her pet rabbit on a leash. She took writing courses at Brown University and The New School and went on to work for Food & Wine, where she interviewed top chefs from all over the country like Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz. Ratha has been living abroad since 2010 with her husband and children, settled in a 180-year-old house in Dublin from where she works on her children’s books. She published her first picture book, Wally The World’s Greatest Piano-Playing Wombat, in 2022 and is currently working on her second, Max’s Boat.


Ratha Tep graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts in English literature and economics.

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