Christopher Kimball founded Cook’s Magazine, a national magazine for cooking hobbyists, in 1980, and served as publisher and editorial director through 1989. In 1984, Mr. Kimball founded the Who’s Who of Cooking in America, which was initiated to honor the leading American chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, food writers, and food producers. In 1993, Mr. Kimball relaunched Cook’s Magazine as Cook’s Illustrated; recently, he founded Cook’s Country magazine. Mr. Kimball serves as publisher and editor of both magazines. Mr. Kimball is also the host of America’s Test Kitchen, a public television cooking show now in its 14th season, and host and executive producer of Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen, which debuted in September 2008. Mr. Kimball is a regular contributor to The CBS Early Show and has been featured in many publications, including The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, People magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He was inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1996. He is also the author of The Cook’s Bible, The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, Dear Charlie (Christopher Award Winner), The Dessert Bible, The Kitchen Detective, and Fannie’s Last Supper.
Bridget Lancaster is the executive food editor for New Media, Television, and Radio at America’s Test Kitchen. She joined the Cook’s team in 1998 and is an original cast member of both America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen television shows, as well as a cohost for the America’s Test Kitchen radio program. Bridget currently serves as the lead instructor for the America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School and helps develop and produce courses for the school. Her earlier career led her to cook in restaurant kitchens in the South and Northeast, concentrating on pastry. Currently, she resides outside of Boston with her husband and children and enjoys gardening as much as the short growing season will allow.
Julia Collin Davison
Julia Collin Davison is the executive food editor for the book division of America’s Test Kitchen and is an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. She began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 1999 and is responsible for the food and recipe development for all America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks. She holds an A.O.S. degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from SUNY Albany. Before coming to America’s Test Kitchen, she worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley at several restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries. Julia resides in Natick, Massachusetts, where she enjoys cooking with her husband, Ian, and her daughter, Marta.
Rebecca (Becky) Hays
Rebecca (Becky) Hays joined Cook’s Illustrated in 2000 and has worked on various magazine, book, and website projects. She is the managing editor of Cook’s Illustrated and an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health in Manhattan, Rebecca has worked in several professional kitchens and taught cooking classes to adults. Prior to her work in the food industry, Rebecca spent several years working on a securities trading floor. She holds degrees in economics and French from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She lives in Bedford, Massachusetts, with her husband, Chris, and her son, Nate.
Bryan Roof is a senior editor for Cook’s Country and is an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. He began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 2006 and has worked on various magazine, book, and website projects. He holds an A.A.S. degree from Johnson and Wales University and a B.S. in food and nutrition from Framingham State University, and is a registered dietitian. Bryan’s culinary career took him into the kitchens of some of the East Coast’s best restaurants before landing in Boston in 2001. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Cristina, and budding foodies Nolan, Layla, and Tanner.
Dan Souza is a senior editor for Cook’s Illustrated and an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. In addition to his work on Cook’s Illustrated, Dan has contributed content to a dozen America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, most recently executing and editing the test kitchen experiments for The Science of Good Cooking (2012). Dan cut his culinary teeth as an apprentice in Hungary before graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America. After cooking in restaurants in New York City and Boston, however, he found his true calling: applying good science to create great recipes for the home cook.
Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen. He joined the staff of Cook’s Magazine in 1988 and helped with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. He established the tasting protocols used at America’s Test Kitchen and has authored dozens of articles for the magazine. Jack directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine and oversees editorial operations at both magazines. He is the tasting lab expert on America’s Test Kitchen, the top-rated public television cooking show, now in its 14th season, and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. Jack edited The Best Recipe (1999) and established the book division at America’s Test Kitchen. He is the author of several cookbooks, including A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen, Vegetables Every Day, The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, Pasta e Verdura, and Lasagna. Jack’s wife, Lauren Chattman, is a cookbook author and former pastry chef. They have two daughters.
Adam Ried is the keeper of the Equipment Corner on America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. During his 10-year tenure as an editor for Cook’s Illustrated, Adam developed and edited recipes, wrote feature stories, and contributed to many other sections of the magazine, including the popular Quick Tips. Adam bore primary responsibility for Cook’s Illustrated’s highly respected kitchen-equipment testing and ingredient-tasting features. Now a contributor to Cook’s Country magazine and the cooking columnist for the Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, Adam has taught cooking and food writing; written for local, national, and international publications; and consulted for restaurants, kitchen-equipment manufacturers, and other food-related businesses. He is a graduate of Macalester College and the culinary certificate program at Boston University.
John “Doc” Willoughby
John “Doc” Willoughby was the original executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated when the magazine was founded in 1993. In 2001, he moved to New York to take the job of executive editor at Gourmet magazine, a position that he held until the fall of 2009. In February 2010, he returned to America’s Test Kitchen to assume the job of executive editor for magazines. John is also the coauthor, with chef Chris Schlesinger, of nine cookbooks, including the award-winning The Thrill of the Grill and How to Cook Meat. He has taught graduate-level courses in food writing at both Boston University and the Radcliffe Seminars at Harvard College, as well as at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. John has written about food and travel for a wide range of national magazines; presently he writes the “Power Ingredients” column for the New York Times Dining section, and has lectured widely on food, politics, and culture.
Lisa McManus is a senior editor in charge of equipment testing and ingredient tasting at Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines. She researches and writes about kitchen gear and food, and she’s the on-screen gadget guru for America’s Test Kitchen. She joined America’s Test Kitchen in 2006, after working as a newspaper food editor and a magazine and newspaper journalist in Boston, New York, and Palo Alto, California. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lisa is married to a rocket scientist, who is pretty nice about answering questions about thermal conductivity and other science topics 24 hours a day. They have two sons.