Kristopher Edelen (also known as Chef KPE) is interested in reinventing the modern American dining experience, and in February 2014, he launched HOTPANnyc, a culinary concept dedicated to postmodern cuisine. Edelen promotes local and seasonal produce as a basis for new dishes and finds inspiration by looking at the past, present, and future. He takes advantage of technical innovations and scientific disciplines while using sustainable ingredients to create his own culinary narrative.
Edelen studied at the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured on the Food Network and FYI. He is also an active member of the Leadership Committee for GenR (short for Generation Rescue), a subdivision of the humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee (IRC).