Chef Karen Santana grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she learned to cook from her
mother, who in turn learned from her mother, continuing a long family tradition.
Karen spent her
youth helping her mother perfect family recipes, and trying new recipes of her own. Coming from a
culture where food was almost as important as family, cooking has always been an integral part of
Karen began a career in law, but left law school after realizing her true passion was cooking, and
started her culinary career.
A graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York City, Karen enjoys making new dishes, as
well as creating some of the finest classical cuisine.
"Food doesn't have to be complex to be gorgeous," says Karen. "A perfectly cooked filet mignon with
pommes frites is a simple but delicious pleasure. But some cuisine can have a more layered texture,
more subtle flavors, and that can be just as satisfying. It's all about personal taste, and what I
strive to do is cook the perfect meal to complement the perfect occasion."