Francis Lam

The Splendid Table, hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam, is an original weekly companion, celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades. A culinary, culture and lifestyle program, it hosts our nation’s conversations about food culture and introduces us to generations of food dignitaries

In 2018 Francis took over the program from founding host Lynne Rossetto Kasper. The Splendid Table explores different cultures, cuisines and ideas, as well as the small personal stories that come out of the expansive world of the table. As a former restaurant cook and culinary school graduate, Francis can handle virtually any food query and loves taking listener’s calls.  He is keenly interested in people and their stories and believes that one of the keys to understanding people better is to learn what they cook and how they eat.

Francis is Editor-in -Chief at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including GourmetBon AppetítFood & WineLucky PeachSaveurSalon, Men’s Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan