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Karen Akunowicz

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Karen Akunowicz on Her “Modern Grandma” Cooking Style & Tournament of Champions

Food Network Obsessed

Chef Karen Akunowicz shares her journey to the Tournament of Champions stage and how her experience working as a sous chef in Modena sparked her love for European-style dining shaped her path forward. Karen shares why she doesn’t have televisions in any of her restaurants and the sacred experience of sharing food together. She talks about returning to the States to work at a restaurant that focused on Middle Eastern cuisine and the growth she experienced in that spice-forward environment. Karen talks about leaving kitchens for a while to work for a nonprofit organization and what compelled her to return to work as an executive chef at Myers+Chang, which focused on Asian cuisine. She shares how her perspective on hospitality evolved during that time and what it was like to create and write for a cookbook. Karen explains why she would describe her culinary style as “modern grandma” and the inspirations behind her restaurants, Fox & Knife and Bar Volpe. She talks about getting the call for Tournament of Champions, how it compares to other food competitions she has done, and what was going through her mind when she found out she was in a tie. VOTE FOR FOOD NETWORK OBSESSED: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/podcasts/general-series/lifestyleStart Your Free Trial of discovery+: https://www.discoveryplus.com/foodobsessedConnect with the podcast: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/food-network-obsessed-the-official-podcast-of-food-networkFollow Food Network on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodnetworkFollow Jaymee on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymeesireFollow Karen Akunowicz on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chefkarenakunowicz/Learn More About Tournament of Champions: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/tournament-of-champions


15 Apr 2022

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Award winning chef & kindred spirit Karen Akunowicz joins Tanya's Table

Tanya's Table Podcast

This is a phenomenal episode of Tanya's Table, a conversation between two kindred spirits, both alumni of the Boston food-scene. Karen Akunowicz owns the award winning Fox & The Knife in South Boston, she is also a cookbook author and former contestant on Top Chef...sound familiar?


20 Apr 2021

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Top Chef’s Karen Akunowicz On Pivots and Pasta

Radio Cherry Bombe

Karen Akunowicz, the chef/owner of Fox & the Knife in Boston and a James Beard award winner, has been dealing with a lot of highs and lows as of late. She’s a contestant on the current season of Top Chef All-Stars, but at the same time, was forced to furlough most of her restaurant team due to the current crisis. Karen quickly pivoted to takeout and delivery and has focused her offerings on homemade pasta and sauces, pantry items, “Spritz Kits,” and the most craveworthy hits from the Fox & the Knife menu. “I just thought that if I didn’t try, that I might look back and say, ‘Did I try my very hardest to keep us afloat, to keep going, to keep serving our community, to take care of our team?’” Be sure to tune in.Thank you to the Wines of Rioja for supporting this episode. Plus, Johanna Albertsson of Krupa Consulting tells us why she thinks photographer Andrea Czarnota is the Bombe. 


24 Apr 2020

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01-12-20 Chef Karen Akunowicz from Fox & the Knife

Food For Thought With Billy & Jenny


13 Jan 2020

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S1 Ep. 5: LIVE from Taste 2019 (with Karen Akunowicz, Tony Maws and Scott Kearnan)

The Food Lens Podcast

We are coming to you live from Boston Magazine's Taste 2019, the annual event celebrating this year’s Top 50 restaurant list, featuring dishes from some of Boston’s best chefs! We manage to steal Chef Owners Karen Akunowicz and Tony Maws from their food stations for a double interview. We talk about the fast casual approach that both have successfully pulled off. Along the way, they share the history of their beloved sit down restaurants; Fox and the Knife (Karen) and Craigie on Main (Tony).  Our second interview of the evening features Scott Kearnan, food editor of Boston Magazine. Scott weighs in restaurant trends, the state of food media, and of course, lets us in on the process of picking Boston’s best restaurants for their annual November issue.


20 Nov 2019

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The More Visibility with Karen Akunowicz + LJ Johnson

Keep Calm and Cook On with Julia Turshen

Karen Akunowicz, named Best Chef: Northeast in 2018 by James Beard Foundation, is well-known from her stint on Bravo’s Top Chef, her time as Executive Chef at Myers + Chang in Boston, and from Myers + Chang at Home, the cookbook she co-authored with Joanne Chang. She owns and runs her new restaurant Fox & the Knife in Boston with her spouse, LJ Johnson, plus their poké shop, SloPoke.Julia sat down with Karen and LJ to talk about their partnership in and out of their businesses and how they navigate things like talking about their relationship on television, work-life balance (whatever that is!), and more.There are also answers to listeners' questions and a work about No Kid Hungry.Follow-up links:For more about Oxo, head here.Karen AkunowiczFox & the KnifeSloPokeNo Kid HungryJulia's Turshen's Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese + Honey FrostingThe article Julia wrote for the Washington Post about cooking a big meal for a group with different dietary restrictions


17 Sep 2019

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Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz Talk About the Journey to the Top: F&W Classic in Aspen Edition

Communal Table

Ever since they met as competitors on Season 13 of Top Chef, Kwame Onwuachi and Karen Akunowicz have delighted in one another's dreams. There's been plenty of hard work and hustle along the way, along with some setbacks, but together they cheered and together they soared. In this special edition of Communal Table recorded in a gondola ride up Aspen Mountain during the Food & Wine Classic, the 2019 Best New Chef and Best New Restaurant winners—along with Onwuachi's fiancée Mya Allen and Akunowicz's executive sous chef Molly Dwyer—looked back on the journey as they rose to the top. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


12 Aug 2019

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WCR > Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Podcast > Karen Akunowicz Chef and Owner of Fox & the Knife

WCR > Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Podcast

Stephanie Hansen from @StephaniesDish and @WeeklyDish Radio show interviews Award-Winning Chef Karen Akunowicz Live from the 2019 National Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Conference. Listen to them discuss home cooks, potluck wakes, crave-able dishes, and the importance of "Saying the Thing." Support the show (https://womenchefs.org/donate/)


15 May 2019