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Elana Karp
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After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Elana Karp chose a unique path. Instead of going to work for a high-profile chef in the $600 billion restaurant industry, she helped launch a startup with a bold social mission: to change the way America eats. As the VP of Culinary at Plated, Elana oversees the entire menu creation process, crafting new seasonal recipes each week. Working with local farmers and fishermen to address the broken food system, Elana is helping to bring healthy, high-quality meals into dining rooms across the country.

With a little (read: a lot) of help from Elana, Plated delivers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and gourmet recipes directly to your door so that you can create a healthy, quick, and delicious dinner without the hassles of meal planning and grocery shopping. Elana’s passion for cooking lies in reconnecting people to their food and the experience of cooking. Thanks to Elana, home cooks across the country are able to discover new ingredients and recipes that they’ve never tried before or may not have had access to.

Elana, who graduated from Cornell in 2008, went on to work for Teach for America, working with second graders in Harlem. Before joining Plated, Elana started a small business teaching children and families how to cook, while simultaneously running an after-school cooking and nutrition program for elementary schools throughout New York City. Now, in her spare time, Elana and her Plated culinary team volunteer with Wellness in the Schools, a program that brings chefs to public school cafeterias to promote healthy eating and food education.

Plated has allowed Elana to continue teaching and empowering home cooks on a nationwide scale, helping people eat better and live better, one plate at a time.

Entries by Elana Karp

4 Reasons Eating Seasonally Will Improve Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:52 PM

As the head of culinary at Plated, I'm always looking for the freshest, most in-season ingredients to include in my recipes and weekly menus. Eating with the seasons--that is, eating winter squashes and root vegetables in the winter and berries and melons in the summer--isn't just a trend, it's a...

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First Helpings: 5 Latkes For Every Holiday

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 9:13 AM

With the holidays quickly approaching I decided it was time to test out some latke recipes for my First Helpings arsenal and to share with you. I came up with five amazing latkes that are perfect for Chanukah or any winter holiday. They can be served as a...

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First Helpings: Turkey Meatballs And Spaghetti

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 1:12 PM

A few days ago I had plans to cook dinner with my friend Danielle. She was looking to learn a healthy, easy-to-make dinner, and I needed to do some recipe testing, so I figured -- two birds, one stone... I decided to teach her turkey meatballs with homemade tomato sauce...

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First Helpings: Mushroom And Sage Stuffing Taste Testers

(9) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 4:29 PM

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, and stuffing is one of my favorite parts of the day. I only eat it on this holiday, and I look forward to it all year. My recipe, a variation of my Grandma's classic, has the perfect texture -- mushy on the inside and...

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First Helpings: Mac n' Cheese Taste Testers

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:04 PM

Since this is my first post, I'll share a little background info with you. I've recently started a business called First Helpings: Family to Table Cooking, offering private, at-home cooking lessons for parents and kids together. Since I'm never one to measure or follow directions while I cook, I had...

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