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Chef/Owner Fox & the Knife, James Beard Award winner: Best Chef Northeast, Bravo TV's Emmy Nominated Top Chef, Cookbook Author


Karen Akunowicz

Karen Akunowicz is the Chef/Owner of Fox & the Knife enoteca in Boston and a 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2001, Karen enrolled in the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and earned her degree in 2004. That same year, she embarked on her professional culinary career as a cook making local farm-to-table fare at the beloved Ten Tables restaurant in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Thereafter, Karen accepted a position at restaurant Via Matta in Boston’s Back Bay and fell in love with Italian food. In 2008, she decided to fully immerse herself in Italian cuisine by living and cooking in Modena, Italy for a year, serving as the Chef at L’Avian Blu.

Returning home to Massachusetts, Karen went to work for James Beard Award-winning chef Ana Sortun as the Sous Chef at Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge in 2009. There she studied the powerful spice-driven cuisine of the Middle East and fully embraced the true farm-to-table approach that was a cornerstone of the restaurant.

In 2011, a new opportunity beckoned, and for seven years Karen led the kitchen at Myers+Chang as Executive Chef, creating powerful, spicy and craveable dishes, drawing inspiration from Chinese, Taiwanese, and Southeast Asian cuisine. During her tenure there she received both local and national praise, including a four-star review in The Boston Globe, and in 2016 was named Boston Magazine’s Best Chef in 2016.

In 2015, Karen became a fan favorite when she competed on Bravo’s Emmy nominated show "Top Chef," and has also appeared on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay.” In 2016, she was called one of the “21 Badass Women Changing the Food World” by Marie Claire magazine, and the following year she co-authored Myers+Chang at Home (Houghton Mifflin; 2017) with Chef Joanne Chang.

In 2018, Karen won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Best Chef: Northeast. She also made the momentous decision to strike out on her own to open a restaurant called Fox & the Knife (opening Winter 2019) which would allow her to indulge her love of creating Italian-inspired food and drink served in a warm and welcoming enoteca.

Karen writes lifestyle articles and recipes for Prowder.com and is proud to be a No Kid Hungry Chef, working with the organization Share our Strength to eradicate childhood hunger. She is currently at work on her second cookbook.





"Under Chef Karen Akunowicz the cuisine has more fire and there is more heat around an already hot restaurant.."

"Akunowicz's rising profile is the culmination of over a decade of hard work"​

"As a fan favorite on Top Chef and a two-time James Beard Award finalist, Myers + Chang’s executive chef doesn’t exactly fly under the radar. In fact, her trademark shock of pink hair represents a fierceness when it comes to bold, pan-Asian soul food."​

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Best Chef Northeast​

2015, 2016, 2017 James Beard Nominee 

Houghton Mifflin 2017​​

Co-Author " Myers+Chang at Home" 

Top Chef, Season 13

Cheftestant on Bravo TV's Emmy nominated 

Boston Magazine

Best of Boston 2016 "Best Chef, Up and Coming"​

Go Magazine NY 2016

"100 Women we Love"​

Eater National

"Hottest Chef Boston, Hottest Chef Northeast"

Marie Claire Magazine 2016

"21 Badass Women Changing the Food World as we Know it" ​



Myers + Chang

These recipes, all bursting with flavor, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home—try Dan Dan Noodle Salad, Triple Pork Mushu Stir-fry, or Grilled Corn with Spicy Sriracha Butter. This is food people crave and will want to make again and again. Paired with the couple's favorite recipes, the photography perfectly captures the spirit of the restaurant, making this book a keepsake for devoted fans.


by Strapt

A unique black denim apron with purple accents! 20% of proceeds go to Future Chefs, an organization that prepares youth for future jobs in the culinary world.



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...or stop by Fox & the Knife and let me cook for you!

©2018 Karen Akunowicz