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Biography

John Karangis is currently the Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Innovation at Shake Shack where he oversees culinary innovation, leading the team in dynamic, thoughtful and strategic menu development. Karangis joins Shake Shack after seven years as Executive Chef for Union Square Events, the Catering and Venue Hospitality business of Union Square Hospitality Group. During his time there, Karangis helmed culinary efforts across all facets of the business – from intimate in-home dining experiences to 1,000 plus plated multi-course dinners, developing new concepts for sports and retail venues (including Papa Rosso at Citi... READ MORE

John Karangis is currently the Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Innovation at Shake Shack where he oversees culinary innovation, leading the team in dynamic, thoughtful and strategic menu development. Karangis joins Shake Shack after seven years as Executive Chef for Union Square Events, the Catering and Venue Hospitality business of Union Square Hospitality Group. During his time there, Karangis helmed culinary efforts across all facets of the business – from intimate in-home dining experiences to 1,000 plus plated multi-course dinners, developing new concepts for sports and retail venues (including Papa Rosso at Citi Field and Café at 9/11 Memorial Museum), modernizing in-flight dining experiences with Delta, cultivating chef collaborations and leading teams at numerous New York City establishments including The Conrad Hotel and Tacocina. Karangis spent the early days of his career working in the kitchens of Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern.

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