Who is Kristen Kish?
American chef Kristen Kish was born in Seoul, South Korea, on 1 December 1983, making her zodiac sign Sagittarius. She’s probably known best for having won the 10th season of the reality competition show “Top Chef”, which has been airing since 2006. Each season follows a group of chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges, while they’re being judged by wine and food experts, such as Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio; the show’s won nine of its 94 award nominations.
Education and early life
Kristen was only four months old when she was adopted by an American family from Kentwood, Michigan; she hasn’t shared many details about them, nor about her biological parents. Many of Kristen’s fans believe that she hasn’t had an opportunity to meet her biological mother and father, but she’s yet to address this.
She studied at a local high school in Kentwood, dreamed of becoming a famous model, was 15 when she launched her modeling career, but somewhere along the way, Kristen fell in love with preparing food. She matriculated in 2002 and then enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in culinary arts in 2005.
Kristen began attracting attention in 2007, when she started working at the Boston’s culinary demonstration kitchen Stir as an instructor; the kitchen’s owner, Barbara Lynch promoted her to Chef de Cuisine in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, Kristen worked as Chef de Cuisine at Menton, and spent the following a couple of years focused on writing her book “Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques”, which was published in 2017.
Since May 2018, Kristen’s been working as chef at the restaurant Arlo Grey in Austin, Texas.
It was in 2012 that Kristen began competing in “Top Chef” – she had to make a signature soup in the qualifying round, and went on to win four elimination challenges, but was eliminated in the 11th episode. Kristen returned after having won five challenges in “Last Chance Kitchen”, and faced Brooke Williamson in the show’s finals, becoming the first person to win the season after having returned.
Kristen co-hosted the first season of the show “36 Hours”, together with American former soccer player Kyle Hunter Martino, which featured them spending 36 hours drinking, eating and exploring a city.
Since 2021, she’s been competing against Justin Sutherland and Jeremy Ford in the new reality competition show “Fast Foodies”, which features them duplicating and then re-imagining a fast-food item.
Just recently, in 2022, Kristen began serving as a co-presenter of the Netflix show “Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend”.
Most popular YouTube videos
Kristen doesn’t have her own YouTube channel, but numerous videos featuring her can be found on the video sharing service, having been uploaded by various users; most of these feature Kristen preparing food or serving as a judge in competitions, and we’re going to write about the three most popular YouTube videos featuring her.
Her #1 video “Fast Foodies Official Trailer: Series Premiere February 4, 2021 | truTV” was uploaded by truTV on 30 December 2020, and has been watched over four million times; it’s a trailer for the competition show “Fast Foodies”.
Kristen’s #2 video “Kristen Kish x Flora Plant Butter – Don’t Need Dairy – Learn More” was uploaded by Flora Plant on 11 January 2021, and has been viewed nearly two million times; it features Kristen advertising Flora Plant Butter.
Her third most popular video “A Chef’s Entire Routine, From Waking Up To Dinner Prep | Allure” was uploaded by Allure on 16 February 2021, and has since been watched more than 1.5 million times. It features Kristen sharing various details about her life, and then about her culinary skills.
Love life and wife
Kristen avoids talking about her love life in public, but has still allowed her fans to have a glimpse into it. She revealed on 28 March 2014 that she’s lesbian, and that it was her and American non-celebrity woman Jacqueline Westbrook’s first anniversary; Kristen wrote about this in the caption of an Instagram picture which featured them spending time together. The two women split around a year later.
She revealed on 29 September 2019 that she and American chef and entrepreneur Bianca Dusic had become engaged; Bianca prefers to stay away from media, but it’s known that she’s today working at Standard Hotels as their Vice President of Food & Beverage. Kristen and Bianca married on 18 April 2021, in front of their closest friends and family members.
Kristen hasn’t spoken of other women whom she’s perhaps been with, but it’s believed that she was also engaged to her college sweetheart, and that they split after having been together for around six years. She’s married to Bianca Dusic as of December 2022, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Kristen’s a supporter of the LGBT community and also a philanthropist, having volunteered with many charity organizations, mostly with those that work with youth.
She loves summer, mostly because she enjoys being close to the ocean, swimming and scuba diving.
Kristen loves learning new things, and has recently shown her progress in pottery.
She loves eating sweets.
Kristen takes good care of both her mental and physical health, and practices yoga and meditates on a daily basis.
She’s a huge fan of tattoos, and both her arms are nearly entirely inked.
Kristen’s a lover of animals, with dogs and bunnies being her favorites.
She enjoys watching Hollywood movies – her favorite actresses are Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain, while some of her favorite films include “Those Who Wish Me Dead”, “Life or Something Like It” and “The Good Shepherd”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Kristen’s age is 39. She has brown eyes and short black hair, she’s 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
Kristen’s net worth’s been estimated at more than $1.5 million, as of December 2022.