Most recently, Rios served as a field correspondent and roving reporter, for ABC’s The Chew, bringing viewers the latest news from around the country, covering events, dishing on fab new food trends and almost anything DIY. Or you may have seen her many appearances as Rachel Ray’s Design Expert and Buddy on her Emmy Award-winning show, wowing Rachael and the audience with fabulous budget-friendly projects of all types that look like a million bucks!
Latina Magazine named Ríos one of the 50 reasons to love being Latina and the “Mobile Martha Stewart.” Evette’s work on The Chew makes her the only Latina on a national daytime talk show.
In addition to her headlining blog on rachaelray.com and her weekly blogs on her own site, evetterios.com, Evette is featured in and contributes to a number of major publications worldwide.
Previously, Evette was co-host and designer for Freestyle (HGTV), and TLC’s home repair show In A Fix. Other appearances include the Today Show, the Early Show, CW11 Morning Show, Inside Edition and she is a regular monthly contributor to Al Despertar on Univision in fluent Spanish. She is a contributor to Everyday with Rachael Ray and Siempre Mujer magazines, among others.
Evette Rios is an Ambassador for Goodwill Industries, a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble Orgulloso, Chinet, Lowe’s, among others.
Her Puerto Rican roots, love of travel, and years mentoring with some of NYC’s finest architects and designers have both inspired and influenced her work. However, nothing sparked Evette’s design and food interests more than watching her parents cook together and work on homes as a child. She lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband Stephen, dog Baloo and cats Henwin & Miss Kitty. Evette is currently rebuilding and designing her parents’apartment in Lower Manhattan after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vikki Krinsky’s family immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, when she was five years old. At the young age of 15, Vikki began her career path as an actor on Edgemont, the hit Canadian television series. Following Edgmeont, Vikki landed a series regular role on Lifetime’s Wild Card. Vikki’s life in front of the camera came along with the unwelcome expectation that she would maintain a certain weight and body image. The pressure to be thin gave Vikki a new appreciation and understanding of and relationship to food. Soon, Vikki’s interest in cooking and nutrition eclipsed her love of acting, and she set off to explore a career as a chef.
Chef Vikki’s culinary education began when she took a trip abroad, and serendipitously met a chef on a train. That chance encounter on her second day in Paris led to incredible connections, and soon after she was able to apprentice in kitchens across Europe. With her unique background and wealth of knowledge she returned to the States and started working as a personal chef for Hollywood’s A-lis actors and personalities.
By understanding and relating to the pressures her clients face being in the public eye, Chef Vikki is able to cultivate trust and create balanced meals for each of her clients by making food as delicious as it is nutritious. For Chef Vikki, eating well is not about being on a restrictive diet, it is central to creating a fully balanced lifestyle.
Chef Vikki is now back in front of the camera, but this time she is doing what she loves most: motivating and teaching people how to cook and eat well so that they can feel their best every single day.
Rich Rosendale’s style of cuisine reflects his experiences from his childhood growing up in Pennsylvania to his worldly experiences competing against some of the top chefs around the globe. Rich’s origins in cooking were nurtured and influenced at an early age by his Italian and German grandmothers. From the front porch of his grandma’s house in Somerset, Pennsylvania, shucking peas, to the world stage of the most elite cooking competitions, Rich offers a wealth of experience.
Rich is a Certified Master Chef, a distinction earned through the American Culinary Federation. The grueling 130 hour cooking exam held at the Culinary Institute of America has a 90% fail rate and only 67 chefs have ever made it through successfully—Rich being the youngest to ever pass the exam. The Exam is detailed in the book “Soul of a Chef” walking readers through this culinary marathon that few dare to take.
Considered the most demanding five-hour cooking competition in the world. Rich mentored and trained with top chefs from around the country, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Grant Achatz. Rich was the USA Champion and earned the right to represent the United States in Lyon France where he cooked against 22 other countries, finishing in the top third of the field. Few chefs ever have the opportunity to cook at this level.
With over 55 international cooking competitions under his belt, Rich now brings his expert perspective to the novice cook so they can use his easy tips, tricks and techniques in their kitchens at home. Rich can be seen every Saturday morning where he, host Evette Rios, and chef Vikki Krinsky rehab a family’s unhealthy dish to create something that is delicious, nutritional and easy to make.
Rich has opened numerous restaurants over the years and enjoys cooking for people to put a smile on their faces. Although Rich has cooked for Presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities around the world, his favorite meals are with his family. Rich and his wife Laura are the parents of three children—Laurence, Liam, and Francesca.