HOMETOWN: Born in Kearny, NJ; Currently resides in Boston, MA
PROFESSION: Executive Chef, Myers+Chang
CULINARY EDUCATION: The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: My mother's peach cake (which is really a peach tart, with fresh peaches and creamy custard)
Chef Karen Akunowicz is a 2015 James Beard Nominee for "Best Chef Northeast." She is originally from New Jersey, but has called Boston home for over a decade. Following Culinary school, Karen worked in various Boston restaurants including Via Matta, before she moved to Italy in 2008. She lived in Modena for a year as the chef at a small enoteca where she perfected her pasta skills and found inspiration in preparing of the simplest of ingredients. She returned to Cambridge as the Sous Chef at Oleana restaurant. Her food is as soulful, fiery and passionate as she is and she strives to create crave-able dishes at her funky Asian diner, Myers+Chang. Karen is a Queer Femme lady who loves yoga and the lamb sandwich at Flour Bakery.