Bridget Lancaster | Biography

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  • Full Name Bridget Lancaster
  • Occupation Chef, Television Personality, Television Host, Producer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Charleston, West Virginia, USA
  • Birth Date Nov 30, 1968
  • Age 55 Years, 5 Months
Co-host of 'America's Test Kitchen' and On-screen Test Cook for 'Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen'

Bridget Lancaster | Biography

Host Of 'Proof' Podcast

Bridget Lancaster got her breakthrough moment in 1998 when she became a test cook for 'America's Test Kitchen.' It is a 30-minute cooking show that follows test cooks in real-life test kitchens. Lancaster collaborated with Christopher Kimball, a well-known American chef, publisher, editor, and TV personality, as one of three test cooks for one of his publications in 1998. 

Bridget Lancaster is the executive editor for television, new media, and radio at America's Test Kitchen. She is also a co-host of America's Test Kitchen and an on-screen test cook for Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen.

Who Is Bridget Lancaster?

Bridget Lancaster is an American television personality, chef, and producer prominently known for co-hosting the cooking show America's Test Kitchen. Lancaster also serves as the executive editor of the cooking show. Lancaster has also appeared in several other TV programs, including Home & Family and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. In addition, Lancaster is also the host and producer of a podcast called Proof. The first episode aired on 31 October 2018. 

She also acts as the chief instructor for America's Test Kitchen Online Cooking School, where she assists in the development and production of courses. In 2017, she co-wrote the book 'Cooking at Home With Bridget & Julia' with her friend Julia Davison, including her cooking knowledge.

Early Life & Education

Bridget Lancaster was born on 30 November 1968 in Charleston, West Virginia, USA. She was born as one of two kids to Linda Sapp and Jim Lancaster. She went to Ohio State University.

She was inspired to learn to cook at an early age by observing her mother prepare meals and her father work in the garden. Lancaster was a picky eater as a kid. In a June 2019 interview with KLCS magazine, she revealed she bothered her mother by removing the green veggies from her food and putting tomato sauce away. "I was an extreme picky eater as a child, I would try to find every spec of green in a recipe, like tomato sauce and I would move it out of the tomato sauce," she stated. "So it's a joke in our house, how I eat now, which is everything."

Career Beginnings 

Before making her big debut on television, she worked in many restaurant kitchens in the South and Northeast, specializing in pastry making. Lancaster, after that, moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she continued to hone her abilities as a pastry chef and a saleswoman of supplies.

Television Career 'America's Test Kitchen'

Lancaster got her breakthrough moment in 1998 when she became a test cook for America's Test Kitchen (ATK). America's Test Kitchen is a 30-minute cooking show that follows test cooks in real-life test kitchens. Lancaster collaborated with Christopher Kimball, a well-known American chef, publisher, editor, and TV personality, as one of three test cooks for his publications in 1998. 

Lancaster rose to notoriety in 2008 when she made her on-camera debut on the TV cooking show America's Test Kitchen. She appeared in 112 episodes as a regular cast member over the show's first 16 seasons. Since 2017, Lancaster has served as the show's co-host and culinary producer, alongside Julia Collin.

"Up to that point I'd been on for 17 seasons as a test cook, so moving into host role, it was challenging, I was very excited to do it. I think what's surprised me is how much I've enjoyed seeing the people move into the role that I used to play and watching them grow," she said about joining the show as a co-host. 

She further explained that the food, the recipes, and the approach are the stars of the show; it's how they tested things and showcased it so that people can take the information home with them and use it in their kitchens. "So it's so exciting to see, especially if one of the test cooks has actually been the one to develop that particular recipe to be able to present it. I get a little bit of a mother-hen thing," she added.

Other Television Appearances 

Lancaster made her acting debut in a pilot episode of the highly acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated TV comedy-drama series Shameless in 2011. She has also starred in other Christopher Kimball productions, including America's Test Kitchen spin-off TV culinary show Cooks Country from America's Test Kitchen. She has been featured regularly since 2012. Aside from that, she has made appearances on several popular food and family television shows, including Nova Science NowAsk This Old House, and Home & Family.


Lancaster is also the author of two books: 'The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook' (2015) and 'Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia.' 

'The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook'

It is a collection of over 300 quick recipes, 500 gluten-free, and 250 vegan recipes. The cookbook also featured color imagery of the vegetarian recipes. The book was published on 1 May 2015 by Cook's Illustrated and comprised 472 pages. 

'Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia' 

The cookbook is a collection of 150 recipes made by America's Test Kitchen duo, Lancaster and Collin. It was published on 31 October 2017. According to the book's description, they have shared the recipes they like to cook when they are not on camera.

 In the book, Lancaster has also shared the recipe of "Ultimate Cinnamon Buns" she makes for her sons and the Dutch Baby recipe, which she credited to her grandfather. It also has recipes like Stuffed Mushrooms with Boursin and Prosciutto, Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Lemon-Garlic Sauce, and Lemon-Herb Cod Fillets with Crispy Garlic Potatoes. 

Personal Life

Lancaster is married to Stephen Lancaster. He is a Scottish chef who works at Hawthorne-by-the-Sea in Swampscott. The pair have been living together in Marblehead, Massachusetts, since 1999. They have two sons, Tom Lancaster, born in 2002, and James Lancaster, born in 2008.

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