‘Top Chef’ Reveals Kristen Kish Will Replace Padma Lakshmi As Host


The new host of “Top Chef” will be a familiar face: Kristen Kish, who won the Bravo culinary competition in Season 10.

Bravo announced on July 11 that Kish will join Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons at the judges’ table for season 21, which takes place in Wisconsin.

“Top Chef’ is where I began my journey, first as a competitive chef, then as a guest judge and now as a host, I am honored to help continue to build this brand,” Kish said in a statement.

Kristen Kish.Bravo/NBC

“I’m thrilled to sit next to Gail and Tom as we meet amazing new chefs and see what they cook. It feels like coming home,” she added.

Ryan Flynn, current senior vice president of production for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said that Kish «represents everything that makes ‘Top Chef’ so incredibly special.»

“She is an acclaimed chef and her experience as a cheftestant, winner and judge, along with her culinary curiosity, make Kristen the perfect host for the next chapter of ‘Top Chef’ as we take on a new region of the country that we haven’t explored yet. ”Flynn said in a statement.

The announcement about Kish’s joining «Top Chef» comes a little over a month after host Padma Lakshmi announced on June 2 that he was leaving the series after 17 years.

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