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Betty's Wok & Noodle Diner
Maryann Francis & Karen Albrektsen
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Between Karen Albrektsen (owner) and Maryann Francis (chef), 'chick power' reigns at Betty's Wok & Noodle Diner.

In March of 1998, Albrektsen moved to Boston with a strong retail and financial background and a business plan outlining the genesis of Betty's. Boston, with its broad mix of young, trendy and international consumers, is the perfect launching pad for her high energy concept. Albrektsen is passionate about the restaurant business and fascinated by the creation of an environment that draws people in. She has designed Betty's as a place where diners have a memorable experience from the moment they enter until the last drop of coffee is gone.

Maryann Francis; from the age of twelve Francis knew what her future would hold. Her early passion for

cooking would take her to George Brown College to earn her degree in culinary management. The next few years would take her on a tour from her native Toronto to Paris and New York City. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu cookery school Francis took on an apprenticeship at the two Michelin Starred restaurant Apicius. Nick & Toni's Cafe in N.Y.C was the next stop and as chef this was where Francis learnt the lessons of running an operation. Boston was next.

Her cooking philosophy is simple. She believes in showing respect for ingredients by not changing them too much from their natural state. She finds wok cooking perfect for that approach. It's so quick it seals in the freshness and concentrates the natural flavor of food. At Betty's Maryann combines different ethnic ingredients to create a unique cuisine. For her, cooking is about creativity, finding new and unexpected ways to blend ingredients, creating something new and delicious. Check out a couple of her recipes here at GlobalChefs.......

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