Deana Saukam

Photographer, Food and Travel Writer

Deana has many talents: stylist, photographer, food writer, restaurateur, communications expert, social media influencer. But the one we know and love her for most? Deana is an avid traveler that lets her heart guide her passions.

Deana lives in Austin, Texas, and ran social media and PR for Austin’s highly respected restaurants East Side King and qui for five years. Today she spends her time traveling in search of bold experiences and adventurous meals. Name a city and she’ll excitedly tell you the best places to find pho or fried chicken, her favorite up-and-coming restaurateurs or unique ingredients she’s found at a local market.

Deana’s grandfather, Saukam Khoy, was the last president of Cambodia before the country fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Her family fled to the United States and Europe; Deana was raised in Texas. She speaks fluent Khmer and English, and has spent her adult life building a career focused on sharing food and travel stories. “My family loves food, so we’re always eating and talking about food.”

True Adventure

Deana is an adventurer at heart. Take a peek through her Instagram and you’ll find her riding camels, snorkeling in the Maldives or bathing in a bamboo tub between tea fields in China. Or here, learning a new move.

Deana’s unofficial motto? ‘Keep calm and carry noodles.’ Fermented mudfish paste and chili paste come in handy too.