English chef Karen Anne Murray, born in the West Midlands created Eddison & Melrose (her parents middle names) in 2001. Karen completed her chef training at the young age of 18 at what is now known as University College Birmingham, England.
Soon afterwards, Karen travelled to California where she earned her degree in Restaurant Management and then spent the next twelve years working in restaurants throughout England, Germany, Canada and the US.
Born a natural explorer & entrepreneur she immigrated to Vancouver, Canada where she began her first business as a personal chef. Love brought her back to California where she continues to reside with her family. Her relocated personal chef business grew rapidly in California, and she soon expanded into the world of catering in her first commercial kitchen in Sand City, CA.
Always a fan of tea time, Karen decided to make her niche in catering English Afternoon Tea, and opened her quaint flagship tea shop in Monterey, CA in 2009, Eddison & Melrose. Today Eddison & Melrose Tea Room serves locals and travelers from near and far. Karen’s friendly and genuine English hospitality is returned ten fold, as ecstatic customers delight in the joy of English Tea Time…
After almost 8 years at the well loved Monterey Tea Room, Eddison & Melrose moved to Pacific Grove in the summer of 2017 and there Oats n Scones take out bakery opened its doors in September 2017. A bakery filled with Karen’s tea room favorites, slow roasted oats and loose leaf teas… a perfect spot to stop, shop and treat you and yours.
Karen was selected as one of seven outstanding female entrepreneurs by Hoffman Media’s Victoria magazine in 2017 (read article here) She is also a member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier