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Van Emmerik, Kara

Teaching Chef

A graduate of Eastern Maine Community College’s Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs, Kara van Emmerik has poured passion and dedication into her 14 years in the food service industry. She has worked as the Sous Chef at El El Frijoles where she learned the appeal of small business management and local, from-scratch cookery. In 2015, she joined in opening Dudley’s Refresher as the Chef de Cuisine. Following her first season, Eater Maine named Kara “Maine Chef of the Year.” Following a handful of Head Chef positions, Kara expanded her skill set as the Pastry Chef of Aragosta at Goose Cove. Most recently, Kara spent the last seven years working in culinary arts education at Eastern Maine Community College. With recognition from Food and Wine magazine, Downeast magazine and Cooking Light magazine, as well as many local media fronts, Kara continues to share her passion for food and education with her home baking business, Honey & Lace Baking Co.


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