Chef Karen Akunowicz battles it out on Bravo Media’s “Top Chef”  

Karen Akunowicz, Executive Chef of Myers & Chang and 2015 James Beard Nominee for “Best Chef Northeast”, takes on the challenge of battling it out against 16 other Chefs for a chance to win $125,000 on season 13 of Bravo Media’s award-winning “Top Chef”.

Taking her skills on the road, Karen joins season 13 “Top Chef” contestants as they travel up the coast of California, kicking off with a two-night premiere event on Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This season, pressure-filled challenges include catering the ultimate gay wedding in Palm Springs officiated by Lakshmi, and creating dishes for a lineup of celebrity guest judges and culinary stars, including cooking for MC Hammer in Oakland and Chrissy Teigen in Palm Springs. The series will air regularly on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek of what’s to come, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/videos/top-chef-california-west-coast-here-we-come

Chef Akunowicz’s culinary journey began at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, then taking her around the globe as she passionately pursued all ends of the hospitality spectrum. After settling in Boston over a decade ago, Akunowicz found various successes as Sous Chef at Via Matta and Beehive restaurants in Boston and Oleana in Cambridge. Her international work includes the role as Chef at L'Avion Blu Enoteca in Moderna, Italy.

Currently residing at Boston’s Myers & Chang as Executive Chef, Karen’s food is as soulful, fiery and passionate as she is. 2015 brought her a James Beard nomination for “Best Chef Northeast” and in 2014 she put her chicken and waffles recipe to the test when she battled it out on Beat Bobby Flay.

Outside of the Myers & Chang kitchen, queer-fierce-femme Chef Akunowicz can be spotted wielding her talent for organizations such as AIDS Action Committee, No Kid Hungry, Future Chefs, and Lovin Spoonfuls. Akunowicz has been invited to cook for a number of national culinary events such as Boston Chefs at the James Beard house in New York, the Democratic Governors’ Association “Taste of America” Gala with Share Our Strength, and Lovin Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party with Andrew Zimmern. In 2017 stay tuned for a brand new cookbook stuffed with recipes from the Myers & Chang kitchen, co-authored with Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers.