KRISTA SIMMONS IS A CULINARY TRAVEL REPORTER AND JETSETTING TASTEMAKER.

She loves covering the world’s unique culinary scenes, using food as a gateway to explore local culture. Her enthusiasm and energy is palpable, always leaving her readers and viewers hungry for more.

Krista is a regularly-occurring judge on TV shows such as Knife FightTop Chef Masters, and Hell’s Kitchen and has hosted segments on The Today Show, Queen Latifah, and KTLA, 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. She also contributes regularly to many other major national publications including New York Magazine, The Today Show, and the Los Angeles Times. She also tests recipes and has served as a spokesperson for major national brands like Kate Spade, POM Wonderful, and Robert Mondavi.

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 uses that experience 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, so she set out to do the same.

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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.