You never know where a passion for food will take you. For food writer Krista Simmons, it was the Top Chef judges table.
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|Krista Simmons peruses the seasonal produce at the farmers market.|
It all started back in 2004, when Simmons was a junior at UC Santa Cruz. She took what she refers to as the "obligatory trip" to the Bonny Doon Winery Tasting Room, and was immediately enchanted by the log cabin, then nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.
"The place was just so strange and amazing," Simmons recalls. "Everyone who worked there was so esoteric and into wine. I was immediately inspired by the innovative approach being taken to wine production and the tasting room itself. I wanted to be part of that team!"
Simmons took that drive straight to the boss and was awarded with the official title of Cellar Door Associate. She began leading the tastings herself, relishing in the opportunity to educate her fellow students and other visitors on the winemaking process. "I was the one who made sure they'd be getting crunk on the good stuff!"
And so Simmons' love affair with agriculture grew, leading her on a journey around the globe with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), back home to L.A. to pursue her love of food writing, and most recently to Las Vegas, where she made her network television debut judging Top Chef Masters.More »