2017 Featured Chefs
Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. She 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, Kish has 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 for 10 guests. Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10 where 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. She left this position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook.
Most recently, Kish was co-host 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, co-hosts Kish and Kyle Martino arrived in a new city where they had 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, and experienced the best attractions unique to each place.
Kish is currently traveling and working on her cookbook.
A San Diego and Baja favorite for over 15 years, Chad White’s wild creativity, authentic sense of flavor and organic fearlessness drive his kitchens. He was named “The Seafood Maverick” after being recognized as one of San Diego’s best seafood chefs at Sea Rocket Bistro. After falling in love with Mexico, White opened eateries on both sides of the U.S. southern border: La Justina in Tijuana and Craft Pizza Company and Común Kitchen & Tavern in San Diego, where he was named Eater’s Chef of the Year in 2015. He has also been featured on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and most recently as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13. This summer, Chef White brought his borderless flavors to his hometown in Spokane, Washington with Zona Blanca, a new ceviche bar.