Karen Barker

Ben and Karen Barker met on their first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America and have been cooking together ever since. Karen is the 1999 winner of "Bon Appetit"'s American Food and Entertaining Award for Best Pastry Chef and has been nominated several times for the James Beard Foundation's Best Pastry Chef Award. Before opening Magnolia Grill, the Barkers, who live in Chapel Hill, N.C., were chefs at Restaurant La Residence and the nationally acclaimed Fearrington House.