Culinary Instructor Karen Gros, chef and proprietor of Cuisine Karen Cooking School + Travel, provides Mediterranean-inspired cooking classes in her Provençal-style home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  As a health advocate, Karen’s classes emphasize seasonal health-conscious menus prepared with locally grown and raised ingredients whenever possible.

Chef Karen also offers private cooking parties and company team building cooking events, and is available as a personal chef for your private dinner party in your home or hers. She is passionate about passing on her knowledge of healthful and delicious recipes presented in a beautiful way, knowing that our appetites (and in turn, our digestion) are stimulated by the sight of tantalizing food.

Aa a dual French-American citizen and fluent in French, Karen shares her love of France by taking small groups on “insider” tours to Paris, Provence, Normandy & Brittany.  Due to requests from beloved repeat clients/friends, Greece and the Amalfi Coast in Italy are now part of the regular line up.  Karen organizes the tours from A to Z, emphasizing food, of course, but also history, cultural traditions, and connecting with locals.  As an expert travel planner, Karen guarantees a hassle-free trip of a lifetime, unique, intimate, and memorable.

Karen is currently enrolled in the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program through the Center for Nutritional Studies and eCornell, Cornell University’s Online Education Program.  She has attended master classes at the Lenôtre Ecole de Cuisine and the Francoise Meunier Cours de Cuisine, both in Paris; Eggstravaganza workshop at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs with baker Jen McAllister; culinary courses at the University of California at Los Angeles and Santa Monica College. Karen holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Karen divides her time between Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Kansas City, Missouri; and has two children, Manon 23, and Marcello 21 both of whom provide her with inspiration.

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