Elise Kornack is the chef and co-owner of Brooklyn’s Take Root, the 12-seat tasting-menu restaurant she runs along with her wife, Anna Hieronimus. Take Root has received a coveted Michelin star for three consecutive years and was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine in 2014. Kornack has been a semi finalist for the “James Beard Rising Star Chef” award for the last three years, one of the “50 Most Influential People” in the Brooklyn food scene by Brooklyn Magazine and New York Magazine‘s critic Adam Platt named her one of five “Best New Chefs 2015” by in the annual “Where to Eat” issue. As of March 2017, Kornack will close Take Root to move her residence to Ulster County with plans to pursue new creative endeavors upstate.

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“I’m really excited about what’s coming next…I think with any creative project, similar to a relationship that ends mutually, you love the person still but you know it’s not right for you anymore.” – Elise Kornack