Koren pursued various careers before she settled for the restaurant business.
The Angola-born, South Africa-raised culinary maverick spent a significant chunk of her early adulthood in the army, where she worked for six years before deciding to try her hand at something else. The hospitalities seemed like a natural choice — and she enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education shortly afterward. However, that’s not how she and Anne met.
Koren went on to forge an extremely successful career as a chef. Recipes like the “Hangover Pasta” earned her a great deal of critical appraisal — and a robust following.
Equally popular among die-hard gourmets and amateur cooks alike, Koren rose to the top with homely and comforting dishes with an exotic twist.
In the past, she appeared on Food Network to promote the cuisine of her home country of South Africa, while she also created meals with a detectible French influence.
In 2010, Koren made an appearance in an episode of Iron Chef America: The Series, where she competed against Cat Cora. Reportedly, this is where she met Anne for the first time — and the rest was history.
Anne announced their engagement via a tweet posted on December 31, 2012. By 2018, they were planning their dream wedding in Vieques, Puerto Rico, notes Hollywood Mask. They broke it off under mysterious circumstances in the same year.