What was your favorite segment to film for the 2017 season of ATK TV?
The fish sauce. I take an unhealthy delight in watching my partner suffer a little bit. There’s no good way to do a fish sauce tasting other than to just sip it. So that was by far the most fun because it was kind of ridiculous. Who else is going to sit there drinking glasses of fish sauce? No one. The entire set smelled like fish sauce, and it was really hard to convince Bridget that it was going to be okay. She knew from the get go this was not going to be much fun.
When you’re not delighting in watching Bridget suffer through a fish sauce tasting, what’s your day to day role at America's Test Kitchen look like?
I’m the Chief Creative Officer. Basically that just means I’m in charge of the teams that create the content. And so whether that’s in the book area, magazines, television shows and videos, websites, online cooking school, or newsstand special issues, my job is to help chart a course with the key people on each of those teams about how we create and then display that content for our viewers, our listeners, and our readers.
You’ve been at America's Test Kitchen since the beginning. What keeps things fresh and exciting for you?
The fun thing for me is, because I’ve been here so long, I’ve done lots of other jobs here along the way. I used to develop recipes for Cook’s Illustrated, I used to write tasting articles and equipment reviews, I’ve edited books. For me that’s the fun part—I get to leverage those experiences in a different way, where I’m not really necessarily getting my hands dirty and developing a recipe or writing something, but I can draw on that experience when working on these different projects.