Kristina Vanni

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Chicago, IL
Northwestern University
Home Cooking, Culinary Travel, Kitchen Equipment
  • Kristina has been an award-winning cook since the age of 12 when she earned a spot in the winner's circle at the iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off.
  • She is currently writing her first cookbook, an exploration of the traditional and seasonal cuisine from her family's dairy farm in Finland.
  • Kristina often serves as a culinary expert for national media on television, as well as serving as a spokesperson for well-known brands.


As an internationally-recognized culinary authority, food and writing have been long standing personal and professional passions for Kristina. She is currently serving as a culinary expert for TheKitchn and Taste of Home. Kristina has also previously written for Food52, The Spruce Eats, and Better Homes & Gardens. With over 20 years experience in the food industry, Kristina has developed and photographed thousands of original recipes, interviewed A-list industry talent, created video content for broadcast and online, hosted live cooking events, judged national recipe contests, covered high-profile events including the Oscars and The James Beard Awards, and traveled internationally and domestically to discover unique food experiences.


Kristina has a degree in theatre from the School of Communications at Northwestern University.
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