KRISTA SIMMONS IS A CULINARY TRAVEL REPORTER AND JETSETTING TASTEMAKER.
She’s all about serving up food porn with personality. When Krista’s not on the road exploring the world’s unique culinary scenes, she stays balanced by keeping active and cooking delicious, healthy food influenced by her adventures. Her excitement for exploring the unknown is palpable to her readers and viewers, always leaving them hungry for more.
Krista is a regularly-occurring judge on TV shows such as Knife Fight, Top Chef Masters, and Hell’s Kitchen and has hosted culinary segments on The Today Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and KTLA Morning News, among others.
She is currently the Food Editor at LAist.com, where she writes and shoots segments on everything edible that Los Angeles has to offer.
Krista has attended culinary school and worked in every part of the business, from wine making to bartending to farming produce on organic farms. She takes that extensive food industry knowledge and uses it to inspire her audience to eat, travel, and live better.
She first became interested in the fusion of food and travel as a young girl watching shows like “Great Chefs, Great Cities,” “Yan Can Cook,” and “Julia Child & Jacques Pépin Cooking at Home.” She was immediately fascinated by how viewers could explore the world through cuisine, and was hungry to learn more.
During her undergrad studies at UC Santa Cruz, Krista created a pilot for a show on university television called “The Traveling Tastebuds,” which demoed cooking from her time living in Barcelona, traveling to Morocco, and exploring Europe. After graduation, she spent over a year farming throughout Southeast Asia and Australia in order to gain a further understanding about food production and sustainable farming.
Today Krista lives in Los Angeles with her appropriately-named Shiba Inu puppy, Bento. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys practicing yoga, swimming, and hiking — and of course having a laugh with friends over a glass of wine.