Top Chef Karen Akunowicz Wife LJ Johnson Owns A Restaurant

The top chef and her spouse celebrating their eight year anniversary together
The top chef and her spouse celebrating their eight year anniversary together( Source : instagram )

Top Chef Karen Akunowicz wife LJ Johnson is the owner of Bar Volpe in Boston. Karen and LJ recently had their first baby, Rogue Marie Akunowicz Johnson.

The American chef worked at a restaurant in Boston named Via Matta and Oleana before becoming an executive chef and a partner at Joanne Chnag's Myers + Chang.

She is famously known as the Top Chef and was a contestant on season 13 of the show.

Akunowicz was also a guest judge in Top Chef Canada in 2019. 

She has also been nominated for the James Beard Award in 2015 and also won the title of Best Chef: Northeast in 2018.

Chef Karen Akunowicz Got Married Twice

Karen Akunowicz and wife LJ Johnson got married in on May 29, 2014 at Boston City Hall. They had two ceremonies for their wedding.

Their first marriage was on May 29, 2014, which was a secret event on a Thursday morning. The ceremony had only two of them.

She also said they were very late for the event and still went to have a coffee together.

The second marriage was an event with family and friends attending a Lavender Farm in Maine.

Akunowicz posted a photo of their wedding on Facebook on their sixth anniversary. She wrote that her partner is her and the foundation of her life and has been there with her in every high and low.

They both are deeply in love and are always honored to be in a relationship with each other.

Their first wedding photo from their time they kept it a secret about their marriage
Their first wedding photo from their time they kept it a secret about their marriage( Source : facebook )

In an interview, Karen revealed that her partner LJ Johnson is a vegetarian. Despite having a vegetarian spouse at the house, she still cooks meat and her spouse is perfectly okay with that.

The couple has a very romantic life together and loves to go on vacation occasionally. They recently went on a trip to Palazzo Gattini where they stayed at the Palazzo Gattini Luxury hotel.

Photos from her trip are available to see on her Instagram. 

She is very active on Instagram with the username @chefkarenakunowicz. Her partner likes to keep her life away from the limelight and has also kept her every social media account private.

Karen and Wife LJ Johnson Together Opened A Restaurant

 Karen and her wife LJ Johnson together opened a new restaurant Bar Volpe. They also own another eatery called Fox and the Knife.

The restaurant is based on the theme of Italy where she spent years in Modena. Her first family-run eatery was also inspired by the same place and was her first solo establishment.

Bar Volpe has a more seafood-heavy, vegetable-forward menu which is inspired by Rome.

It offers foods like potato-stuffed Sardinian pasta which is their signature dish and the pasta is the heart of this restaurant. 

The top chef's pasta shines as an authentic yet personal expression of Italian food and has been lauded as ethereal and her restaurant- and an instant classic.

At Bar Volpe, the wood-fired grill adds yet another dimension to the food and atmosphere of the restaurant.

The place also has a place for private events and functions and people can also make reservations through their website.

She as a contestant on the tournament of champion cooking reality show
She as a contestant on the tournament of champion cooking reality show( Source : instagram )

Her first restaurant Fox and the Knife is a laid-back, modern testament to the cuisine, wine, tradition, and spirit of Modena, all of which are served in a pleasant, upbeat setting.

The menu showcases Akunowicz's talent for hearty Italian cuisine, which she honed while working as a chef and pasta maker at L'Avian Blu Enoteca in Italy.

She creates new iterations of time-honored classics by expressing the strong flavors of extraordinary ingredients using both conventional and contemporary methods.

In addition to owning a restaurant, Karen also competed on Bravo's Emmy-nominated series "Top Chef," which she won.

Moreover, she has also collaborated with the charity No Kid Hungry to help them by lending her strength to end childhood hunger.

She also writes lifestyle essays and recipes for and is currently at work on her second cookbook.

Karen Akunowicz Now Has A Baby

Karen Akunowicz had her baby daughter Rogue Marie Akunowicz Johnson on September 2022.

She celebrated her daughter's first birthday at their own restaurant Fox and the Knife while having a tea dance. They also invited the Dj to the party.

Her Instagram is filled with photos of her daughter from the day she was born. Once, she shared a video of the moments she had with her child during pregnancy.

She loves to click photos of Rogue every month so that she can keep the memories of her growing up.

The couple just can't get enough of their child as they are always carrying her in their arms.

On the occasion of thanksgiving day, Karen posted a clip of her family with the caption "My thanksgiving gratitude. The best Papa and partner, we are so lucky to have you as our anchor. I’m so grateful for my little family, we worked hard for years to get here and It wasn’t easy, but it’s so worth it."

They love spending every occasion in a grand way. They celebrated Christmas together and they dressed Rogue like a present she looked very adorable.

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