About the Hosts

In 36 Hours, Travel Channel partners with The New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television. In each episode, Kristen Kish and Kyle Martino, arrive in a new city, where they’ll have 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, meet fascinating local insiders and experience the best attractions unique to each place. 

Kristen Kish

Kristen Kish
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Kristen Kish was born in Seoul and raised in Michigan by her adopted family. In high school, she worked as a model before going to Grand Valley State University for international business. After a year, Kristen realized that food was her true passion, as well as her way to travel the world. She attended Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and earned an Associate of Arts degree in culinary arts.

In 2011, Kristen became an instructor at Stir, a culinary demonstration kitchen in Boston. After being promoted to Stir's chef de cuisine in 2012 by owner Barbara Lynch, Kristen was then appointed chef de cuisine at Menton Boston. She left that position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook, which is currently in the works. She was the Season 10 winner of Bravo’s Top Chef and has been traveling across the country and around the globe as a guest chef. Her most recent destinations include the United Kingdom, France and Spain.

Kristen currently lives in Boston with her partner.

Kyle Martino

Kyle Martino was born in Atlanta and raised in Westport, CT. He has traveled the world from a very young age, playing soccer in such countries as Russia, Argentina and Panama. During his senior year of high school, Kyle was named the Gatorade’s 1998-99 national player of the year. He then attended the University of Virginia, where he played soccer for the Cavaliers and was named the ACC’s player of the year in his junior season.

Leaving college after 3 years, Kyle signed on to play Major League Soccer. In 2002, he won the MLS rookie of the year award while playing for the Columbus Crew. He also helped lead the team to the longest unbeaten streak in MLS history through the 2004 season. In 2006, he was traded to the LA Galaxy, where he played alongside David Beckham. Kyle retired from professional soccer in 2008 after being injured and now serves as a studio analyst for the English Premier League on NBC Sports.

Kyle currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Eva, and their daughter, Marlowe.

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