Karen Bell

Karen Bell


About Karen Bell

Karen Bell is an owner and chef at Bavette. She is a Milwaukee native with over 15 years culinary experience around the world. She has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, with each place adding to her culinary identity. Along the way and as her career progressed, she became more interested in the politics of food and focusing on where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates. After opening and successfully running her restaurant in Madrid, Spain, she decided to move back to Milwaukee to embark on a new chapter. Opening a butcher shop was her way of carrying on a dying craft, honoring time old culinary traditions as well as providing a direct link from farmer to consumer.


  • Best Chef: Midwest Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

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