Chef Katie Meddis of Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop - Biography

Durham, NC

November 2013

Katie Meddis started her culinary career as a teenager and found real passion along the way. After working at Aurora in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she made the move to attend culinary school in the Northeast. Her pastry degree proved a pivotal move, in more ways than one: while a pastry chef for the Hospitality Management Group Restaurants, Magnolias and Blossom, she met her husband-to-be and future business partner, Justin Meddis.

If the Northeast was important, work in Charleston was life-changing for Katie, opening her eyes to the importance of local produce and developing relationships with ranchers and farmers. And while she eventually moved with Justin to San Francisco to develop their careers—he on the savory side, she working as a pastry chef at Chez Panisse—Charleston would eventually call the couple back.

Marrying their talents and ideals (and, previously, each other), Katie and Justin moved back to North Carolina to plant their roots and ply their respective trades at Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop in Durham, a burgeoning, creative, and very hands-on culinary community where the couple’s hand-crafted, responsible culinary style fit right in. From a series of fundraising pop-up dinners to a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their goal, Katie and Justin have become part of the Durham community, now enriched and sweetened by Katie’s innovative, comfort-driven pastry and confectionary skills. In 2013, Meddis earned a StarChefs Rising Star Pastry Chef Award for her work at Rose's