Born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI, Kristen Kish showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school and since attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kristen has never looked back.
After moving to Boston, Kristen has 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 for 10 guests. Kristen went on to compete on Top Chef where she won the coveted title, becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. Most recently, Kristen was Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch's fine dining restaurant.
The Latest from Kristen
The Knockout Ep 8: Kristen Vs. Art
Kristen Kish tries to keep the final chef Art Smith out of the finale with a vegan/raw challenge.
Kristen Made Things Harder for Herself
Kristen Kish thinks losing sucks, but losing to Stephanie Izard makes it OK.
The Knockout Ep 7: Tiffani Vs. Kristen
Kristen Kish tries to defeat Tiffani Faison at a challenge after Wolfgang Puck's heart – the omelet.
Vote for Kristen's Charity
Kristen Kish wants you to vote to award her charity, Connect A Kid, $5000.
Recipe: Kristen Kish's Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream Sundae
Learn to make Kristen's unconventional ice cream and caramel sauce to satisfy your sinful cravings.
Inside Stephanie and Kristen's Sinful Duel
Go behind-the-scenes as the only two female winners of Top Chef battle in this Garden of Eden-inspired duel.
Call Out: Stephanie vs. Kristen
Stephanie Izard and Kristen Kish, both winners on 'Top Chef', are ready to go head-to-head in the 'Top Chef Duels' kitchen.