|Meet the Cast
Kimball founded Cook's
Magazine, a national magazine for cooking hobbyists,
in 1980 and served as
founder, 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 and recently founded Cook's Country
Magazine. Mr. Kimball
serves as publisher and editor of both magazines. Mr. Kimball
also serves as the host of America's Test Kitchen,
a public television cooking show now in its seventh season. Mr.
Kimball is a regular contributor to The CBS Early Show, and has been
written up 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. Mr.
Kimball is also a columnist for the the Boston-based TAB newspaper. 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, and The Kitchen
Detective. He lives in both Boston and Vermont with his
wife, Adrienne, daughters Whitney, Caroline, and Emily, and
his son Charles.
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 in 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 a cast member of America's Test Kitchen,
the top-rated public television cooking show now in its seventh season. 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
Lancaster, deputy editor of Cook’s Country Magazine joined the Cook’s team in 1998 and is currently responsible for all recipe testing and development in the magazine. She has worked on many of the company’s cookbook projects and is also an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. Her career led her to work in various kitchens in the South and Northeast, concentrating on pastry, as well as teaching cooking classes and demonstrations. Bridget’s husband is a professional chef, and along with their son, they enjoy working on their favorite hobby—barbecue.
Ried is the keeper of the Equipment Corner on America’s
During his ten-year tenure as an editor for Cook’s
developed and edited recipes, feature stories, and many other
the magazine, including the top-rated Quick Tips. Moreover,
primary responsibility for Cook’s highly-respected
kitchen equipment testing
and ingredient tasting features. Now a contributor to Cook's Country magazine, Adam has taught
food writing, written for local, national and
publications, and consulted for restaurants, kitchen equipment testing, and other food-related
businesses. He is a graduate of Macalester College and the
certificate program at Boston University.
Julia Collin Davison is a senior editor for the book division of Cook’s and is an on-screen test cook for 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 of the 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 Cook’s, she worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley at several restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries. Julia resides in Needham, Massachusetts, where she enjoys cooking with her husband Ian, who is a fishmonger.
(Becky) Hays joined Cook's in 2000 and
has worked on various magazine, book, and website projects.
She is currently the managing editor of Cook's Illustrated and 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.
Jeremy Sauer joined the Cook's Illustrated team as a test cook for the book division in 2004. Currently senior editor for Cook's Country magazine, Jeremy has worked in a number of notable kitchens up and down the East Coast. A self-taught chef, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. In addition to his duties at Cook's, Jeremy stays busy teaching cooking classes and spending time with his wife, Jane and kids, Jack and Martha.