Christopher Kimball, the face of America’s Test Kitchen, is leaving the cooking show’s Brookline-based parent company Boston Common Press, effective immediately, following a contract dispute with new management, according to a release from the company.
Kimball, who helped found Boston Common Press, will remain a minority owner of the company and, despite his departure, will continue to host both America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country through 2016. The company said it tried to negotiate a contract with Kimball, but the two parties were unable to come to an agreement.
“We made every effort to offer Chris a reasonable contract that reflected his significant contributions to the company and are disappointed that we could not reach agreement,’’ David Nussbaum, CEO of Boston Common Press, said in the release.
In addition to producing America’s Test Kitchen, Boston Common Press also publishes Cook’s Illustrated magazine. The company hired a new CEO in September, and has been pressured to make changes to adjust its model to better serve subscribers via the Internet and social media, according to The Boston Globe.
To address those concerns, the company plans to expand America’s Test Kitchen with a new multi-media program and by hiring 25 new employees to its offices in Brookline in early 2016, the release said.
“We know this change will be a surprise to many, but we are confident that the ensemble cast, 50 test cooks, and support team for America’s Test Kitchen will continue to offer our audiences the same high quality product going forward,’’ Nussbaum said.