A celebrity chef herself, Koren Grieveson further rose to fame following her high profile relationship with Anne Burrell. The celebrity couple of the culinary world, both Anne and Koren are top-tier chefs. Koren’s skill is not only well known but also recognized by critics and fans alike. She was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lake and was one of the breakout chefs from the series, Iron Chef. Besides, Koren also made regular appearances in Iron Chef America – The Series. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Koren Grieveson.
Koren Grieveson was born on the 4th of November 1971. Born in Luanda, Angola, Koren moved to different countries throughout her childhood. Her father who used to work in the poultry business often had to travel overseas. Koren traveled to several countries during her childhood including Zimbabwe, Brazil, Iran, and England. When Karen was 10, the family finally found their way to the US and settled in Connecticut.
A military woman:
A 17-year-old Karen decided to join the Army despite her mother’s regular protests. This turned out to be a turning point in Karen’s career who claims that she is grateful for the discipline the military taught her. In an interview for Food & Wine, Karen revealed that she wanted to join the army to drive their jeeps. So, Karen was gutted when they switched from jeeps to Humvees that same year.
In retrospect, Karen claims that even though she was young while enlisting, she doesn’t regret joining the army. She also added that she was lucky to serve her country at the time when there was no war.
Taking baby steps:
Karen began her life away from service as a part of a catering outfit. She later quit the job and decided to pursue food from an academic perspective. This brought her to the Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park. She obtained her degree in 1997 and set out to make a name for herself.
Life as a chef:
Koren officially began her career as a chef with Aqua restaurant where she worked under the mentorship of Chef Michael Mina. Learning the tricks of the trade, She later migrated to Spruce where she worked under Chef Keith Luce and to Crofton on Wheel under Chef Suzy Crofton. Recognizing her skills, Executive Chef Paul Kahan invited Koren to work as a sous chef of “Blackbird”. In 2003, Koren was handed the reins as the Executive Chef de Cuisine at Kahan’s wine bar “Avec”. She held the post until 2012.
Appearing in TV shows and setting out on her own:
Confident of her skills, Koren decided to compete in cooking shows. She appeared in Top Chef in its fourth season in 2008 and also made an appearance on Iron Chef America: The Series in 2009. Wanting to make it on her own, Koren set up a new restaurant by the name of Claudette in New York City. She also established a gastro bar by the name of Resto which was closed down in 2016.
Koren Grieveson is currently engaged to Anne Burrell. The pair met sometime around the late 2000s on the set of Iron Chef America. They were both judging on the show. Koren confirmed their relationship on a show with Ted Allen in 2010. On the 31st of December 2012, the pair announced their engagement but are yet to tie the knot.