‘High Chef’s season 13 fan favourite Karen Akunowicz discovered from her stresses and he or she’s carrying the information into the present’s All-Star 17th season!

Fan favourite High Chef alum and restaurant proprietor, Karen Akunowicz, TK, liked competing on the 13th season of the present a lot that it was a no brainer when Bravo requested her to compete throughout its 17th coveted all-star season, however this time round, she’s feeling extra ready. “My first season I used to be extremely wired by quickfire challenges,” Karen instructed MeSlop EXCLUSIVELY from her restaurant, Fox & The Knife Enoteca in Boston on April 9. “We additionally had a good quantity of elimination quickfires and so this season, I actually used them as observe, to essentially observe for elimination to suppose on my toes and to essentially make the most of them in one of the simplest ways doable and to have enjoyable with that, and that for me was was an enormous piece of what I took from my first season going into all-stars.”

Though Karen felt much less burdened as a result of she knew what to anticipate going into a brand new season, the competitors this time round was completely different since there have been no new faces within the LA kitchen. “All people who’s on the season was both a entrance runner, a finalist or a fan favourite so we’ve all been — It’s no person’s first rodeo,” Karen mentioned. “So I believe the entire the issues that you just be taught the primary time round you hopefully keep in mind at the very least a few of them for the subsequent time round. However we’re all in the identical boat. It’s not a season the place there are — Half the folks in home are turning cooks. It’s, you recognize, the entire all-stars. We’ve all performed this earlier than at the very least one different time, if no more than that.”

And with so many acquainted faces, Karen knew instantly there was no single chef when it got here to who could be her largest menace. “There’s no person that I may have a look at at this level and say that individual isn’t my competitors,” Karen revealed. “We nonetheless have a whole lot of competitors from season 6. Kevin [Gillespie] and Brian [Malarkey], Jen Carroll. You understand, I at all times suppose Stephanie Cmar from Boston, one among my dearest mates. She’s at all times anyone. NiNi Nguyen is only a pressure to be reckoned with. You understand, the Boston season, Melissa King, in addition to Greg Gourdet are each formidable opponents. And you recognize, there’s simply tons of wonderful folks on the present and really all people was, you recognize, I actually really feel that nearly all people on the season you recognize, all people, if you’re watching, it’s such as you had been rooting for everyone through the season. So it’s a fairly cool factor.”

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James Beard Award Successful Chef Karen’s been exhausting at work on the bottom in Boston as her restaurant Fox & The Knife within the south of Boston stays open for takeout and supply through the COVID-19 pandemic and regardless of every part occurring on this planet, she is grateful she will be able to hold a few of her workers working and her prospects fed. “We’re working for takeout in addition to wholesale pasta,” Karen revealed. “What that allowed us to do was to maintain 5 of our managers on full wage. Throughout this time we introduced again two of our hourly workers that we’re capable of hold employed full-time. We gave all of our furloughed hourly employees 40 hours of paid day off, and I’m dedicated to paying 100% of their medical insurance. So long as we’re open and operating as a takeout enterprise. In addition, the entire suggestions that we get from our takeout and likewise pasta is break up between the oldsters which can be working and our furloughed employees.”

Tune in to see how Chef Karen and the opposite cooks take care of the stresses & challenges within the kitchen as Bravo’s High Chef: All-Stars LA airs Thursday nights at 10pm.