Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. 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. 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, Barbara Lynch’s fine dining restaurant until 2014, when she left to travel the world and write a cookbook. Formerly the co-host of “36 Hours,” a Travel Channel show, Kishrecently went on tour with her first cookbook - Kristen Kish Cooking – which launched October 31, 2017. Currently, Kish has partnered with Sydell group to launch her first restaurant, Arlo Grey.