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Kristen Kish

Ingredient: Elbow Macaroni

About Kristen

Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. She showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school and since attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kish has never looked back.

After moving to Boston, Kish worked in many high-profile restaurants including Michelin-star Chef Guy Martin’s Sensing and Barbara Lynch’s Stir as Chef de Cuisine. Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10 where she won the coveted title ’Top Chef,’ becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. She went on to become Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining restaurant.

Kish was co-host of “36 Hours,” a Travel Channel show that partnered with The New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television. In each episode, co-hosts Kish and Kyle Martino arrived in a new city where they had 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots.

Wish wrote her first cookbook – Kristen Kish Cooking – which launched October 2017. Currently, Kish is Executive Chef of Arlo Grey restaurant in Austin, Texas.

Why I love the Macaroni

Elbow macaroni is one of those shapes that you see and immediately think of your childhood, and these are the memories that stick with me the most. As a chef and with new dish creation, I pull an immense amount from my childhood memories. To me, the elbow is also a reminder to see the world through the eyes of a child, with innocence, curiosity, acceptance, growth, and resilience.

Macaroni & Cheese

Serves 4 - 6
Delicacies Chef's Table

Delicacies Chef’s Table

May 1 - August 31, 2018

Chef Kristen chose to support non-profit Keep Austin Fed with a monetary donation (resulting from sales) from Delicacies in 2018.


A child threads an elbow noodle onto a string: it is the most primitive of jewelry and sweetest of gifts. When we hold the elbow noodle in our fingers, like a rosary or worry bead, we remember the simplicity of a child’s love. In Italy, this shape is often used in soups, in the United States the iconic “macaroni and cheese.” Both are rustic, comfort dishes served to children of all ages. If you are looking to regain innocence, to remember that simplicity is joy, this is the noodle for you. The elbow promotes passion, comfort, and happiness.
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