Karen has been a head chef and Food Network competitor
Get to know Chef Karen, and get her “Chicken Satay on Coconut Rice” today and tomorrow from 4-8PM!
Q: What’s your cooking background?
Karen: From an early age I was enamored with food and the connection between family, culture, heritage and customs that create ritual meals. Family celebrations and good times all begin and end at the table.
Q: Where did you grow up? What kind of food did you grow up with?
Karen: My youth was spent as a traditional valley girl in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My mother was a burgeoning foodie and took her family on the ride. From the age of 13 I spent my weekends working at the Kosher catering hall that my mother managed. I fell in love the bustle and smells of the kitchen, the comradery of the crew and working together to supply a delicious meal fit for the celebration at hand.
Q: What can you tell us about the dish you’re serving today (Chicken Satay on Coconut Rice)? What inspired it?
Karen: When I was a young traveler I spent some time in Amsterdam and I spent my time exploring the exotic flavors from parts of the world I hadn’t known. I stumbled upon an Indonesian restaurant that was serving Rijsttafel which literally means rice table. Think Indonesian tapas, several tasty dishes all served with aromatic coconut rice. My dish is inspired by my memories of this dish as it was served then and not the quick stick version we have come to know here.