Modern Plant-Based Foods Appoints Chef Karen Barnaby


VANCOUVER — Modern Plant-Based Foods has appointed chef Karen Barnaby as an advisor and consultant to support product development and production scale-up of its meat alternatives and other plant-based products.

Barnaby brings more than 40 years of culinary experience in restaurants, catering, upscale takeout and product development.

“Karen has hit the ground running and has been elemental in refining the ingredients for the new Modern Burger, Meatballs and Crumble recipes,” says Tara Haddad, founder, CEO of Modern Plant-Based Foods. “She truly understands the delicate balance of maintaining texture and taste while scaling up for large production runs. Karen’s experience and insights will be of great value to our team.”

Barnaby was previously executive chef at the acclaimed Fish House in Stanley Park for 17 years, has sat on the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, served as president for the Les Dames d’Escoffier Vancouver chapter and received a Minerva Award for Community Leadership.

“I am excited to engage with the team at Modern Plant-Based Foods and work for a local company that has tremendous potential for success and growth. The decision to expand into the plant-based sector was out of intrigue and interest in developing unique, high-quality, delicious and accessible plant-based foods.” says chef Barnaby.

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