The Splendid Table gets a new host

 The Splendid Table

For over 20 years, Lynne Rossetto Kasper has enchanted fans of the radio program The Splendid Table. Recently, she announced her retirement from the show at the end of this year, and a replacement has been named. Starting in March, award-winning food writer Francis Lam will take over hosting duties.

While no one will be able to replicate the retiring host's silky voice, Lam appears to be an excellent addition to program. Rossetto Kasper takled about the decision: "In the first five minutes of talking with Francis, I was a fan." She added, "Besides being a gifted cook and storyteller, he has a delicious sense of humor about food and himself. He instinctively connects with people. Francis is a gem for the next stage of The Splendid Table."

Lam has been a contributor to the program for several years and boasts an impressive culinary history. He is an award-winning food writer, writing for the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine and for The New York Times Sunday magazine. In addition, he's been a judge on Top Chef Masters, and he is currently a cookbook editor at Clarkson Potter. His cooking chops are not in question either; Francis graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America.

The first new episode of The Splendid Table featuring Lam at the helm will be the weekend of Friday, March 10. You can read the official press release about this announcement here.

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