Born in the Filippines and raised in New York, Karen Shu has had a profound bound with food from the beginning. Her mother used to prepare fresh meals at home and when studying, the best restaurants in town were of more interest to her than her books. At 19 she started to work her way up in French restaurants all over New York until becoming a chef at the Michelin starred restaurant of Jean-George Vongerichten in New York. Quite the resume and it doesn’t even end there, as over the years she became acquainted with celebrities from all over the world and rumour has it, she was the reason Beyoncé switched to a plant-based diet. Not a small achievement, if you ask us.
Ironically enough, Shu isn’t even vegan herself. She tends to eat as little meat as possible and when she does, she always wants to know where exactly it came from. No wonder she’s a fan of farmer’s markets, where she chooses everything, from the broccoli to the steak.