Krista SimmonsKrista Simmons is a Los Angeles-based culinary travel journalist and food personality. Her passion lies in exploring up-and-coming food scenes across the globe. Simmons’ sunny nature and deep passion for food could warm even the most stoic chef, and it’s evident in her work, which has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, and The Today Show. She is a regularly-occurring judge on Knife Fight and Top Chef Masters, hosts segments on culinary trends for the KTLA Morning News, and has appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, Hell’s Kitchen, and Food Network’s Restaurant Express.

She is currently the Food Editor at LAist.com, where she writes and shoots segments on everything edible that Los Angeles has to offer.

Simmons has attended culinary school and worked in every part of the business, from wine making to bartending to farming produce on organic farms.

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, Simmons 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 Simmons 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.