Our Team

The kitchen is the heart and soul of community.

Hue Chan Karels

Chef & Owner of Open Kitchen

Hue-Chan Karels is Chef-Owner of Open Kitchen, a unique culinary concept that celebrates the kitchen as the center of sensory pleasure, healthy living, community, learning and creativity. Hue-Chan’s passion for the culinary arts is only surpassed by her desire to bring people together through shared food experiences and share her knowledge and recipes for people to enjoy cooking and create eat healthy and delicious meals at home.

In 2007, Hue-Chan Karels had the inspiration to make a lifestyle change from her FDA regulatory and compliance consulting practice. She started an artisan cookie business and, within two and a half years, this had grown into Open Kitchen’s unique, multi-purpose space. A decade later, Hue-Chan continues to reimagine Open Kitchen, always finding new, creative ways to build and connect community through the celebration of great food. 

Che Hue-Chan Karels of Open Kitchen in Santa Fe, on a trip to Vietnam

"Open Kitchen catered a surprise milestone birthday party for my wife. Hue-Chan was helpful and professional - and appreciably discreet during the planning process. She made helpful menu and serving suggestions based on her experience. She scouted the venue to assess the setup and preparation spaces. Once I made the decision to go with Open Kitchen and made menu selections, I didn’t have to worry at all about the food portion of the party. It was handled. The food was creative and delicious and the staff was great. I got many compliments on the catering. I highly recommend Hue-Chan and Open Kitchen - they are a wonderful resource for Santa Fe."

Scott Stokoe

Operations Team

Linda Skiles

Operations Manager

Our Team Linda Skiles Operations Manager Open Kitchen Santa Fe

Linda has been a key team member since the launch of Open Kitchen in the Washington DC Metro area in 2009. We are so delighted to have her institutional backbone for a wide range of Open Kitchen operational activities, from website development and maintenance, events management and marketing, and financial management.

Strategic Consulting Team

Hue-Chan Karels

Principal

Chef Hue-Chan Karels Strategic Planning Leadership Training Open Kitchen Santa Fe

Hue-Chan has a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University. She combines her passion for food with her over 20-year successful career in quality system management consulting. She partners with organizations to create impactful and meaningful ways to build high-performance teams, develop strategic leaders, and cultivate organization effectiveness through the process of cooking and celebration of foods.

Kathleen Mathai​

Lead

Kathleen Mathai Our Team Open Kitchen Santa Fe

Kathleen Mathai is a seasoned executive management consultant with over 20 years’ professional experience assisting Fortune 100 organizations in highly competitive industries, including healthcare, energy, and education to plan and execute business strategy, merger and acquisitions, and operational transformations. Her areas of expertise include change management, program management, operational improvement methodologies, executive coaching, facilitation, and training design and execution. Kathleen is also on the Board of Directors of Maryland Federation of Art, an international non-profit that promotes the work of living artists.

Kathleen Mathai is a seasoned executive management consultant with over 20 years’ professional experience assisting Fortune 100 organizations in highly competitive industries, including healthcare, energy, and education to plan and execute business strategy, merger and acquisitions, and operational transformations. Her areas of expertise include change management, program management, operational improvement methodologies, executive coaching, facilitation, and training design and execution. Kathleen is also on the Board of Directors of Maryland Federation of Art, an international non-profit that promotes the work of living artists.

Kathleen Mathai​

Lead

Kathleen Mathai Our Team Open Kitchen Santa Fe

Culinary Team

Open Kitchen is proud to recruit and train a team of culinary professionals with degrees from the Santa Fe Community College. Our Culinary Team takes great care and pride to create outstanding cooking and dinning experiences for guests and welcome the opportunity to share their culinary knowledge with guests.

Quality & Safety are our priorities!

Open Kitchen events in Santa Fe gives you food that is hand-made with love using fresh ingredients
Open Kitchen in Santa Fe uses local organic and seasonal ingredients
Open Kitchen events in Santa Fe maintains a strict high standard for food safety