We’ve partnered with celebrated chefs Karen Akunowicz, Deborah VanTrece, and D’Andre Balaoing to kick-off our newest series, “Cooking with Love.” As part of the series, each chef will share their personal stories and recipes utilizing the Love is Love collection via Spiceology’s Instagram Live and recipe site. Follow @Spiceology so you're ready for class!
Meet the Chefs and Mark Your Calendars
Named one of Zagat’s “Badass Female Chefs” and “Restaurateurs You Need to Know,” Chef Deborah VanTrece hails from the ATL, where patrons come from all over to sample her globally-inspired soul food at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours.
James Beard Award Winner Karen Akunowicz
Karen Akunowicz is the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef: Northeast and the 2020 James Beard Award finalist for Best New Restaurant. She is the Chef/Owner of Fox & the Knife enoteca in South Boston, recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Restaurants in America 2019. Chef Akunowicz has been a Bravo’s Top Chef fan favorite and is currently competing in Season 17 of Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.
Hailing from Las Vegas, Chef D’Andre Balaoing was the Chef de Partie at Herbs and Rye. You may recognize him from his time on Season 7 of MasterChef. D’Andre is known for being aggressively unfancy and will teach you that savory DOES belong in a dessert.
Ready to cook with Love?
Spiceology created the Love is Love collection to honor the foodservice industry’s support of inclusion and diversity. 17 percent of Americans experienced a time in the past year where they didn’t have enough money for food, and that number jumps to a staggering 27 percent in the LGBT+ community. Because of this disparity, Spiceology will be giving back 10 percent of Love is Love’s proceeds indefinitely. During June, 10 percent of the proceeds from our Love is Love collection will be donated to the LA LGBT Center, and each month thereafter to charities around the nation.