Katherine Beck

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Waukesha, WI
Carroll University
Asian Cuisine, Food History, Easy Recipe Upgrades
  • Katherine has earned recognition for her newspaper reporting and editing from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, including two General Excellence Awards.
  • In Katherine's kitchen, you'll find a mini Korean grocery store so she can make the Korean foods she loves, such as bibimbap, japchae, and kimbap.
  • She previously wrote a monthly column called "The Intrepid Chef," for which she got to explore international cuisine.


While attending college, Katherine began writing for newspapers in Wisconsin, including the Oconomowoc Enterprise, Waukesha Freeman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and BizTimes. After graduation, she took the opportunity to live abroad and teach English in South Korea where she continued to freelance for newspapers, including Stars and Stripes. Upon returning to Wisconsin, she became a full-time reporter and then managing editor of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise. She also co-authored a book on fashion designer Vera Neumann. While news writing had been Katherine's focus for many years, she had always hoped to further pursue her love of food, and Tasting Table provided that opportunity in June 2022. She has written numerous articles about Korean food, the history of foods and brands, and breaking industry news.


Katherine has degrees in journalism and political science from Carroll University. She also attended Waukesha County Technical College Small Business Center, where she took classes that helped her launch her business, Katie's Gourmet Instant Oatmeal.
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