There are many women in America whose love for food led to pursue a professional career along that line and some of them are Daisy Maria Martinez, Belinda Leong, Tiffany Derry, Bridget Lancaster, and Marcela Valladolid. Though they are all successful in their various areas of specialty and are all worth writing about, this particular article will focus on just one of them- Bridget Lancaster. She is most notable for appearing on several television shows such as Home & Family, Cook’s Country, and America’s Test Kitchen.
Aside from her culinary skills, another thing that has made her a standout and contributed to her growth in the food industry is the fun that she effortlessly brings to her shows. Extending beyond television shows, Bridget has also earned a level of popularity on the radio where she shares both her cooking tips and methods.
Who Is Bridget Lancaster and How Old is She?
Bridget Lancaster was born to Jim and Linda Sapp in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, in 1968. She grew up in her birthplace alongside her sister and there, she attended Nitro High School. Upon her graduation in 1987, Bridget continued her education at Ohio State University.
Prior to Bridget Lancaster becoming a chef, she had already begun preparing herself for the position from the time she was a child even without knowing what the future held for her. At that time, she got to learn how to cook from her mother, who according to her, was great at cooking from scratch. Her grandmother, she said, was also very good when it comes to baking. It is, therefore, no surprise that she turned out to be among the best and most popular women in the food business.
Armed with the cooking skills she learned from her mother, Bridget became a professional cook after her graduation from the University, working in a number of restaurants located in the south and northeast of West Virginia, mainly as a pastry chef. Subsequently, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and there, she kept on improving her skills as a pastry chef in addition to working as a supplies saleswoman. Bridget’s career in the food industry eventually went off the ground in 1998 when she served as one of the test cooks alongside two others for one of the publications of Christopher Kimball’s cooking magazine, Cook’s Illustrated.
Bridget Lancaster eventually rose to greater prominence when she debuted in the half-hour television cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen, and appeared in a total of 127 episodes from 2008 to 2019 as a regular cast member. The first 16 seasons of the show were hosted by Christopher Kimball, a famous American chef and founder of Cook’s Illustrated, who at the time was the editor-in-chief of the magazine. However, since 2017, alongside Julia Collin, Bridget Lancaster has been a co-host of the program in addition to also serving as the culinary producer of 26 episodes of the show.
With her career on the rise, Bridget appeared as herself in the pilot episode of the television comedy-drama series, Shameless in 2011. The popular chef went on to appear as one of the cast members of Christopher Kimbell’s Cook’s Country, a half-hour television cooking show which began airing on PBS channel in 2008. On the show which is a spin-off of America’s Test Kitchen, she featured in 89 episodes from 2012 to 2018.
In addition to all these, she has also appeared in other popular cooking and family television shows such as Ask This Old House, Nova Science Now, and Home & Family. Coupled with her TV shows, Bridget Lancaster currently works as the lead instructor of America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School and is saddled with the responsibility of helping to come up with courses for the school.
The culinarian is not only doing her thing on television. She also worked with America’s Test Kitchen Radio and had great followership before the station went on a hiatus. In 2017, she co-authored and released a cookbook with Julia Collin, her colleague and co-host of America’s Test Kitchen.
Her Net Worth
According to sources, Bridget Lancaster has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of early 2019. She made a larger chunk of this money from her more than ten years of working actively as a culinarian. Although the amount of money she earns as salary from her job is unknown, there is no doubt that she earns what she deserves considering her wealth of experience.
Bridget Lancaster’s Husband and Family
Bridget Lancaster is married to her industry colleague Stephen Lancaster, a well known professional chef in Boston. There is no information that suggests when or how the couple met or even when and where they tied the knot but there is no gainsaying that they have been together for almost 20 years considering the fact that their first son, Tom, was born in 2002 while the second named James, was born in 2008.
Her nearly daily on-camera appearances notwithstanding, the television cooking show star has managed to keep all information about her husband and sons off the radar. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.