Kristen KishPhoto credit Nicole Franzen

After dominating Bravo’s Top Chef competition in 2012, where she became the second female in 10 seasons to win the title, Kristen Kish has proven herself beyond the reaches of reality TV. Since the show, she has worked as the chef de cuisine at Menton, a star on Boston’s restaurant map, and has quickly become a culinary icon for her drive and gastronomic talents.

“I have felt discrimination. There are discriminations and snap judgments in kitchens, just like in most industries,” Kristen tells us. “You get over it pretty quickly and move on once you’ve proven yourself.” In 2014, Kish shook things up, leaving the Menton kitchen and appearing on screen once again in Top Chef Duals.

The tattoo-collecting Kish is altering the public perception of what it means to be a chef, asserting herself inside and out of the kitchen. Cool and compelling on the cover of the latest issue of food magazine Cherry Bombe, Kish appears to be balancing public interest in female chefs right where it should be; in the palm of her hand.

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