In a recent announcement, Bravo revealed that Kristen Kish, the winner of Top Chef Season 10 in 2013, will be stepping into the role of host for the beloved cooking competition show. Kish’s appointment comes after Padma Lakshmi’s departure, and she will join the panel of returning judges, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.
This article explores Kish’s journey from a Top Chef contestant to a renowned culinary personality and her new role as the host of ‘Top Chef’ Season 21, set in Wisconsin.
A Full Circle Moment:
For Kristen Kish, this opportunity is a full circle moment in her career. Prior to her Top Chef victory, Kish honed her culinary skills at Barbara Lynch’s renowned Boston restaurants, Stir and Menton. It was Lynch who recognized Kish’s potential and encouraged her to consider television.
Overcoming her insecurities, Kish took the plunge into reality TV and forever remembers Lynch’s words, “We need more women on TV.” Now, as the new host of ‘Top Chef,’ Kish is an inspiration to aspiring chefs and women in the industry.
Embracing the Television World:
Following her triumphant win on Top Chef, Kristen Kish embraced the world of television. She became a familiar face on Top Chef as a frequent guest and also hosted several other culinary shows, including TruTV’s Fast Foodies, Travel Channel’s 36 Hours, National Geographic’s Restaurants at the End of the World, and Netflix’s Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend.
Despite her success on screen, Kish remains connected to the restaurant industry, co-owning Arlo Gray, a notable establishment in Austin, in partnership with the LINE Hotel.
Exploring Wisconsin’s Culinary Scenes:
As Kristen Kish embarks on her journey as the new host of ‘Top Chef,’ Season 21 will showcase the vibrant and unique culinary scenes of Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. This season marks the first time the show will feature this region of the United States.
The partnership between ‘Top Chef’ and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which includes the state’s travel boards, dairy farmer associations, and cranberry grower associations, has paved the way for this exciting collaboration. Viewers can anticipate a delightful mix of Wisconsin’s local flavors and culinary traditions.
Kristen Kish’s appointment as the host of ‘Top Chef’ signifies a significant milestone in her career and a testament to her culinary talent and on-screen presence. As a former winner of the show, Kish’s journey has come full circle, taking on the role once occupied by Padma Lakshmi.
Her extensive experience in the television industry, combined with her passion for food and dedication to showcasing diverse culinary scenes, makes her a perfect fit for the show. Fans eagerly await the premiere of ‘Top Chef’ Season 21, where Kish will undoubtedly infuse her unique style and expertise into the competition, giving rise to new culinary triumphs and memorable moments.