Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, Michigan. She showed an affinity for cooking at a young age and after attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kish never looked back.
After moving to Boston, Kish worked in many high-profile restaurants, including Michelin-star Chef Guy Martin’s Sensing and Barbara Lynch’s Stir as chef de cuisine, overseeing all back-of-house operations, including the design and execution of nightly menus and demonstration dinners.
Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10. She won the coveted title, becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. She went on to become chef de cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch’s fine-dining restaurant. Kish left this position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook.
Kish recently served as cohost of 36 Hours, a Travel Channel show that partnered with the New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television. In each episode, cohosts Kish and Kyle Martino arrived in a new city where they had 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots and experience the best attractions unique to each place.
Kish’s first book, Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques features recipes that bridge her Korean heritage, Michigan upbringing and Boston cooking experiences—with a strong emphasis on the impeccable techniques she is known for.