Kareen “Coco” Linton
Kareen Linton was born on the island of Barbados and was raised in Brooklyn, New York from the age of nine. She is the Founder and CEO of A Dash of Coco LLC. based in downtown, Tampa. The company brings the worlds of food and fashion together. She is currently developing a line of food products and clothing. Kareen also mentors’ teenagers in a juvenile program at TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, (Les Peters Academy) in Tampa and also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Les Peters Academy.
Her experience spans over 30 years in hospitality, fashion, entertainment and culinary education. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and was also an educator at her alma mater. She was the fashion designer and stylist for celebrities such as LL Cool J and Music Producer Teddy Riley just to name a few. Kareen is also currently a Chef Educator at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts online.
Most recently, Kareen was selected by the global committee of GFEL, (Global Forum for Education and Learning) as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education and Leadership for 2020, which will take place in Las Vegas in June. February 2019, Escoffier School of Culinary Arts online selected her as one of the faces and host of a series entitled “World of Cuisines.” which was filmed for the school’s online program. April 2019, Chef Coco was selected by Smithfield Foods and the American Culinary Federation, (ACF) as one of 40 chefs nationwide for their Smithfield Culinary, Partners in Culinary Excellence Program. Coco was also selected by New Chefs Fashions Inc. and formed a collaboration to produce her signature chef coat, which features her designs. She was also the 1st woman sworn in as 2nd VP of the ACF Atlanta Chef’s Association and received their “Humanitarian of the Year 2015 award. Chef Kareen has sat on several of the ACF Atlanta Board of Directors. Professional Organizations: World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), the American Culinary Federation and La Chaine des Rotisseurs and Disciples of Escoffier International-USA.