Shocking developments from America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball, the bow-tie sporting founder of Cook’s Illustrated and the public television offshoot “America’s Test Kitchen,” is leaving the company effective immediately.
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In a statement Monday, the company said Kimball’s employment with America’s Test Kitchen is ending immediately.
Kimball will remain a minority owner of the company, and continue to host the TV shows “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Cook’s Country” through the 2016 season.
David Nussbaum, the company’s new chief executive, expressed disappointment over Kimball’s decision to choose a new path.
“Since its inception, Chris has been an important component of America’s Test Kitchen, as the co-founder of the business. We made every effort to offer Chris a reasonable contract that reflected his significant contributions to the company and are disappointed that we could not reach agreement,” David Nussbaum said in the statement Monday.
“We know this change will be a surprise to many, but we are confident that the ensemble cast, 50 test cooks, and support team for America’s Test Kitchen will continue to offer our audiences the same high quality product going forward.”