Kareen Linton, was born on the island of Barbados and was raised in Brooklyn, New York from the age of nine. Kareen was introduced to great food at a very early age in Barbados, by her Aunt Day and Grandmother Catherine. She was also surrounded by fashion design, by Phyllis and art by artist Slyvan Kinch, who are both the children of Aunt Day. They all have been huge inspirations and ignited her passion for the arts. That passion was further developed when she moved to Brooklyn with her family. New York became the perfect backdrop for displaying all of her creativity. He mother, Una Linton, who was a chef, further imparted a deeper passion for creating great food. Since the passing of her mother last year, Kareen feels the torch has been passed on to her. She will continue to let food, fashion and the arts be her vehicle for inspiring the world.
Kareen is the Founder and President of, A Dash of Coco LLC. based in downtown, Tampa. The company brings the worlds of food and fashion together. The company is currently producing a line of food products and clothing. Coco is also currently developing the Linton International Academy Inc. which she uses to mentor teenagers in the Les Peters Program at TrueCore Behavioral Solutions in Tampa. Recently, Coco was invited to sit on their Community Advisory Board. The Linton International Academy will feature, culinary arts, esthetics and fashion design.
Her experience spans over 30 years in hospitality, fashion, entertainment & culinary education. She’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and was also an educator at her alma mater. She was the designer and stylist for celebrities such as; LL Cool J and Music Producer Extraordinaire, Teddy Riley just to name a few. Her work was worn by entertainers on the Grammy’s, Soul Train and BET Awards and also the House Party 2 movie. TV Shows: In Living Color, Soul Train, MTV: TRL, Yo MTV Raps, Def Comedy Jams. BET: Video Soul, Rap City. Music Videos, CDs, Vibe Magazine, and concert tours Nationally & Intentionally. She has even appeared in a Kid & Plai Video and a dancer for LL Cool J’s 1992 appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show. Published in (Carribeat Magazine) of the New York Daily News and Parade.com
Chef Coco is also a Chef Educator at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts online. February 2019, the school selected her as the face 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.” She was selected by New Chefs Fashions Inc. and together they have formed a collaboration to produce her signature line of chef attire; which features her designs the “Coco Collection.” She was also selected as the 1st Female Chef Elite and influencer for New Chef Fashions Inc. Chef Coco was elected and sworn in as the 1st woman to hold the seat of the 2nd VP of the ACF Atlanta Chef’s Association. She also received the association’s “Humanitarian of the Year” 2015 award. Chef Coco also held the position of the FCCLA Georgia Regional Culinary Competition Coordinator, 2017. She was also awarded the (ACF) National Cutting Edge Award #6. Chef Coco has sat on several of the ACF Atlanta Board of Directors. A Certified Chef/member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), and the American Culinary Federation. In 2012, Chef Coco was inducted into the La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest food and wine international gastronomic society. In 2015, Chef was inducted into the Disciples of Escoffier International-USA, an elite order of chefs and professional.