Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday October 16th 2018


Letting Intuition Lead

With MariCarmen Josephs of Carmen’s Lunch Bar

Now in its fifth year, Carmen’s Lunch Bar has become a downtown staple. MariCarmen Josephs, chef and owner, has established herself as an accessible and influential personality in the Pensacola culinary scene.

With her career beginning at age 12, working for her mother’s catering business, Josephs saw early on what it took to be a strong, successful woman and business owner.

“She has a Master’s degree in English and is a poet, but decided to pursue a career as a caterer. She owned her own catering company for over 30 years, in addition to raising three daughters.”

Inspired by her mother’s example, Josephs has remained true to herself and her style of cooking throughout her career.

“I’m not a ‘flash in the pan’ kind of chef,” said Josephs. “I focus more on flavor, texture, and presentation than the thrill of the grill.”

This deliberate and passionate approach to her craft has continued behind the scenes at Carmen’s, as does the strong female leadership she learned from her mother.

“My kitchen manager, Gina Adams, and my assistant kitchen manager, Sarah Covington, are both very strong women, both mentally and physically. They have confidence in their work and that shows on a daily basis.”

Josephs credits their consistency, confidence and communication skills as major assets to the success of Carmen’s kitchen dynamic.

When it comes to being a woman in the culinary scene, Josephs sees some advantages.

“Women are innately nurturers, and in my mind that goes hand in hand with hospitality. Working in this industry comes very naturally for us.”

Her advice to women chasing a culinary dream: “I would advise women to trust one of their best assets: their intuition. Be yourself. Express yourself. Let the food speak for itself. If people taste your food and love it, don’t try to box yourself into others’ expectations. Create your own path.”

Carmen’s Lunch Bar
407 S. Palafox