Karen Barnaby is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, cooking teacher and Vancouver Sun columnist who currently works as a product development chef/consultant. After 40 years in the food industry she still loves to cook which leads her down many rabbit holes of ancient and modern foods, techniques and cuisines. Her career started quietly in 1979 in the basement of an Ottawa restaurant. With a pink, four-burner electric stove and a whisk, Karen discovered her true calling in life. She is grateful that her grandmothers taught her how to pick wild berries, garlic and asparagus and to have had Middle-Eastern, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Thai mentors and friends to share their food and knowledge with her. She believes that good food should be readily available for everyone and has a low tolerance for food snobs and picky eaters.