Meet Christy Rost

Public Television chef and host Christy Rost is the author of three cookbooks, a television and radio personality, lifestyle authority, entertaining guru, cooking teacher, recipe developer, home restoration expert, Registered Nurse, and popular guest chef for food and wine festivals, home shows, women’s expos, major retailers, and charity events.

Based in Texas and passionately dedicated to the celebration of Home and Family, Christy’s focus on sustainability, farm to plate, cooking with local ingredients, and food and wine pairings is heavily influenced by the months she lives and works in her recently-restored 1898 Breckenridge, Colorado historic mountain home. Conversing with farmers, ranchers, wine producers, distillers and food artisans, and being intimately connected each day with the land, water, and nature, has a profound effect on Christy’s commitment to sustainability.

Her ongoing fascination with the history, food, and people of the American West is reflected in Christy’s more recent immersion into cowboy cuisine and live-fire cooking. While introducing readers, audiences, and event guests to American frontier and Native American heritage foods such as bison, venison, lamb, chiles and beans, Christy provides tasty solutions for today’s healthy diets, and a connection with American West culture.

Christy’s expertise in home restoration and celebrating home and family has been featured nationwide each November 2009 through 2016 on PBS and CREATE TV stations with her one-hour Holiday production for American Public Television, A Home For Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, centered around her stunning historic mountain home, “Swan’s Nest”. This highly-acclaimed and much-loved television show, has reached 91% of U.S. households in more than 6,600 broadcasts, and is a testament to Christy’s passion for family, friends, home, gardening, historic preservation, home decorating, food, wine, and celebrating each day around the table with her signature style of casual elegance.

Christy was the host and executive producer of her own Texas television cooking and lifestyle show Just Like Home for 12 years, has been interviewed by and Martha Stewart Radio, and is a frequent guest on WGN-TV in Chicago, FOX-4 in Dallas, and KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh for her expertise in cooking, entertaining, and easy mealtime solutions. From programs reaching 40 million viewers to local television markets, Christy has appeared in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Houston, El Paso, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Providence, Rochester, Rockford, San Antonio, San Diego, St Louis, Syracuse, Youngstown, and many more.

In 2014, Christy hosted a 10-day Mediterranean culinary cruise from Athens to Barcelona in partnership with Cruising With The Chefs and Oceania Cruises. She has extensive experience presenting for major retailers, food and wine festivals, and women’s expos. Popular presentations include cooking techniques, entertaining tips, adding fresh and updated elements to the table and home, decorating how-to’s, and dining etiquette for clients such as Macy’s, Kaufmann’s, Foley’s, Mikasa, World Market, Napa Style, Sur La Table, Whole Foods, Market Street, Market District, A Southern Season, Kitchenware Outfitters, The Cook’s Nook, The Kitchenette, Carr Valley Cheese Cooking School, Texas Cooks!, Snowmass Culinary Festival, Visions: The Women’s Expo, Head To Toe Women’s Expo, Women’s Living Expo, Taste Addison, The Dallas Outdoor Flower and Living Show, The Dallas Home & Garden Show, The Fort Worth Home & Garden Show, The State Fair of Texas, The Santa Angela Festival, Milestone Culinary Center, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row, Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, and many other venues.

Christy’s latest book, Celebrating Home: A Handbook For Gracious Living (Bright Sky Press) is a beautiful blend of tantalizing recipes inspired by Christy’s life in Texas and Colorado, home decorating how-to’s, entertaining tips, seasonal table settings, and more than 100 gorgeous, full-color photographs by award-winning photographer Rick Souders, set in the intimacy of Christy’s 19th century mountain home.

Christy’s first cookbook, The Family Table: Where Great Food, Friends and Family Gather Together (Capital Books, Inc) was published in hardcover in 2004 and was released in a paperback edition in 2005. The book is designed to inspire families, friends, and neighbors to gather around the table to celebrate daily life and special occasions, and contains 250 original recipes, extensive wine notes and wine suggestions, and entertaining tips.

Christy’s second cookbook, Where’s My Spatula? Fast, Healthy Meals When Your Kitchen or Your Life Is A Mess (Capital Books, Inc) was published in 2008, and provides quick, easy recipes and solutions to get delicious, nutritious meals on the table when life is busy. Christy knows first hand how messy life can be. She developed the recipes and wrote this book while restoring her historic Colorado home.

To schedule Christy for a television or radio segment, or a presentation at your cooking school, trade show, food and wine festival, retail event, club meeting, or charity fundraiser, please contact her at