Chef Karen Akunowicz is a 2015 James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northeast. Karen is from New Jersey (enter fist pump here) but has called Boston home for over a decade. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and UMass Amherst. She has traveled the globe passionately pursuing all ends of the hospitality spectrum from cooking to service to bartending. She finally settled down and found various successes as Sous Chef at Boston's Via Matta and Beehive restaurants and Oleana in Cambridge. She was previously the Chef at L'Avion Blu Enoteca in Modena, Italy.

Karen lives in JP and is married to an amazing vegetarian.