‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish to Co-Host New Travel Channel Show, ’36 Hours’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish is set to co-host a new show on the Travel Channel with former American professional soccer player Kyle Martino.

Based on a popular New York Times column of the same name, 36 Hours will follow Kish and Martino as they travel to a new destination in the world and spend 36 hours sight seeing, sampling local cuisine and meeting “fascinating local insiders,” according to a press release.

New York Times editors and contributors will craft the two globetrotters’ itineraries for each one-hour episode, bringing their extensive research and expertise to the table. While a list of destinations have yet to be disclosed, the show’s trailer hints that the pilot episode is set in New York City’s Chinatown.

So far, six episodes have been green-lit. While the premiere date has not been announced yet, the New York Times said that “episodes will be timed to coincide with new or updated” editions of the its 36 Hours column.

“I am beyond ecstatic,” Kish told the Daily Dish of her new show. “Two years ago when my mentor and former boss suggested that I try out for Top Chef, I never could have imagined where I’d be today. It goes to show you the power of an amazing show combined with hard work and dedication can really lead to incredible things.”

Kish is the first-ever Korean American chef to win Top Chef. Born in Seoul, she was adopted at the age of four months by a family in Kenton, Mich. She served as a chef de cuisine at Barbara Lynch’s Menton, one of Boston’s premier restaurants.

Watch the trailer for 36 Hours below:

Read KoreAm‘s April 2013 feature story on Kish here


Featured image by John Wilcox/Bravo.