Kristina Vanni

Kristina Vänni

location-pin Chicago, IL

School: Northwestern University

Expertise: Recipe Development; restaurants

Kristina Vänni

  • More than 10 years of experience as a food writer working for brands like Taste of Home, Better Homes & Gardens and The Kitchn
  • Owner, on-camera host and culinary spokesperson for Cooking Contest Central
  • Had a spot in the Pillsbury Bake-Off winner’s circle at age 12


Internationally recognized culinary authority Kristina is a food writer, TV host, recipe developer and food stylist. In addition to writing for Taste of Home, Better Homes & Gardens and The Kitchn, she is a frequent featured expert on national media outlets and has served as a spokesperson and recipe developer for numerous national brands including Finlandia, KitchenAid and Post Foods. Kristina is currently writing her first cookbook, an exploration of the traditional and seasonal cuisine from her family's dairy farm in Finland.


Northwestern University, bachelor's in theater

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Articles & Recipes

10 Best Fast-Food Iced Coffees, Ranked

When the weather gets warmer, it's time for our coffee to get cooler. We set out to find the best iced coffee from fast-food chains to see who offers the most refreshing cup of chilled joe.

Kentucky Hot Brown

The Kentucky Hot Brown is the best sandwich you will ever eat with a knife and fork. This epic open-faced delight has thick slices of bread, turkey, bacon, tomato and cheese, all bathed in a rich, irresistible sauce. —Kristina Vanni, North Hollywood, California

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

This is the perfect banana bread recipe to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. Stir in chopped nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips. Or, add ground cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. The sky's the limit! —Kristina Vanni, Libertyville, Illinois