Many chefs take a direct path to the kitchen, knowing early on that theirs would be a world of fire and knives. Others, take a slightly more round-about path. Chef Karen Akunowicz, the executive chef at Myers + Chang is a perfect example of that. Cooking wasn’t something she had an affinity for at a young age. According to her mom, Karen couldn’t even boil water! But, with a passion for hospitality, she found her way in to the restaurant scene any way working various jobs in the front of the house. As her love for food grew, though, so did her desire to start cooking.
I had the chance to speak with Karen a few weeks back. We talked about how her love of food developed, how she got her start in the business (including a very crazy 2nd night!), and one of her favorite food memories.