Christopher Kimball in 2016
June 5, 1951 |
Rye, New York 
|Education||Columbia University (B.A., 1973) |
|Spouse(s)||Melissa Lee Baldino (m. 2013)
Adrienne (div. 2012)
Christopher Kimball (born June 5, 1951) is an American chef, editor, publisher, and radio/TV personality.
Early life and education
After graduating from Columbia, he went to work with his stepbrother in a publishing company. Soon after, he worked for The Center for Direct Marketing in Westport, Connecticut and also started taking cooking courses. After securing $100,000 in angel investments from friends and family, he started Cook’s Magazine from a tiny office in Weston, Connecticut in 1980 when he was 29 years old. He sold the magazine to the Bonnier Group in 1989 and moved on to other publishing ventures.
America's Test Kitchen
Kimball is the founder and has been editor and publisher of America's Test Kitchen, which produces television and radio shows, and publishes magazine, including Cook's Illustrated, which Kimball launched in 1993. It also publishes Cook's Country magazine, which was launched in 2004, and former publisher of the now-defunct Cook's Magazine. The company's revenue comes from its readers, rather than advertisers, which differentiates him from his competitors.
Its cookbook publisher division is Two Pigs Farm. Boston Common Press, a private partnership between Kimball, Eliot Wadsworth II, and George P. Denny III, owns Kimball’s publishing activities. Kimball also hosts the syndicated Public Television cooking shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen.
On November 16, 2015, a news release from Boston Common Press, parent company of Cooks Country/Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen, announced the departure of Christopher Kimball. The 2016 TV programs had already been filmed and Kimball will appear as host, but his direct participation in the company was ending immediately. He remains a minority stockholder in the closely held company.
Milk Street Kitchen
In 2016, he embarked on a new venture, Milk Street Kitchen, located on Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts. On October 31, 2016, the company behind America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated Magazine filed a lawsuit against Kimball in Suffolk Superior Court, claiming that Kimball "literally and conceptually ripped off" his former employer. In the lawsuit, America's Test Kitchen claims that Kimball built his new venture while still on their payroll, using company resources in the form of recipes and databases to help mold Milk Street Kitchen into a direct competitor.
He is the author of The Cook's Bible, The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, Dear Charlie, The Dessert Bible and Fannie's Last Supper, and is a columnist for the New York Daily News and the Boston-based Tab Communications.
Other television appearances include This Old House and the morning shows Weekend Today and The Early Show. He is a regular contributor on National Public Radio. On January 8, 2011, Kimball began hosting WGBH-FM's America's Test Kitchen Radio distributed by PRX.
He has been married three times. He had a son and three daughters with his second wife, Adrienne. They divorced in 2012. On June 30, 2013, Kimball married Melissa Lee Baldino, executive producer of the America's Test Kitchen television show. They live in Cambridge, Vermont.
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- "Country Style - Boston Magazine". Boston Magazine. 15 May 2006.
- "A Down-Home Thanksgiving on the Kimball Farm". NPR.
- "Thanksgiving Answers From Chris Kimball". WBUR.
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- Healy, Beth; Nanos, Janelle, "Chris Kimball to launch Milk Street Kitchen cooking venture", The Boston Globe, May 31, 2016
- "Home - 177 Milk Street". Milk Street Kitchen.
- "America's Test Kitchen sues Christopher Kimball over celebrity chef's new venture - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
- Metcalf, Stephen (October 13, 2003). "Sexy Food Nerds: Cooking geeks get hot on America's Test Kitchen". Slate.
- "In the Test Kitchen With Christopher Kimball". Powell's Books.
- "Tour the Test Kitchen: Cast Biographies". America's Test Kitchen. americastestkitchen.com.
- Toasting Fannie Farmer With An Epic Victorian Feast, NPR, October 14, 2010
- Halberstadt, Alex, "The secret to Christopher Kimball's success", The New York Times Magazine, October 14, 2012.
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