When it comes to the culinary scene in Vancouver, Karen Barnaby has painted the town red. She has helped shape the evolving face of the Vancouver food scene with her extensive work in the city’s kitchens and food media.
After starting her career in Ottawa and then moving to Toronto, Karen came to Vancouver in 1991. She has been executive chef at the acclaimed Fish House restaurant, since 1995.
Outside the heat of the kitchen, Karen is a regular food columnist for theVancouver Sun and sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Karen was also the past president and former Scholarship Director for Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization dedicated to nurturing women of distinction in culinary professions.
Karen found a passion for writing in Toronto with the David Wood Food Book and The David Wood Dessert Book. Since then, she has authored nine cookbooks, including The Low-Carb Gourmet, three books in The Girls Who Dish!, Pacific Passions Cookbook, Screamingly Good Food, and The Passionate Cook.
She edited Halibut: The Cookbook, which was released in the spring of 2006, and Shellfish: The Cookbook, a compilation of favorite seafood recipes from Karen’s peers in the culinary industry, making for an indispensable best-of collection of shellfish dishes.