Industry veteran and epicurean Chris Knight is the President and CEO of Gusto TV, a vertically integrated media company that produces, distributes, and broadcasts high-quality food content.
Known worldwide for his innovative and highly stylized culinary and lifestyle content, Knight has produced over 500 hours of original television programming and continues to create 100 hours annually. His shows have been seen in more than 170 countries.
In 2013, Knight independently launched food and lifestyle channel and SVOD service Gusto TV in Canada. His ambitious vision was to build a global brand that created, produced, broadcast, and distributed all its own original content while exploiting ancillary revenue streams such as books, merchandise, and e-commerce. In 2016, Bell Media launched the premium lifestyle channel Gusto in Canada, commissioning a multi-year slate of series from Gusto Worldwide Media. Recently, Knight launched Gusto TV on several international platforms and the bespoke channel now operates in the US, Singapore, Latin America, and UK.
Knight is an award-winning writer who has authored nine best-selling cookbooks based on his popular television shows. He’s won the International Gourmand World Cookbook Award and International Golden Panda Award, both for One World Kitchen. Chris has won seven Taste Awards in several categories, including Best New Series (2016 and 2017), Best International Program (2017 and 2018), Best Ethnic Lifestyle (2017), Best Green or Organic Series (2018), and Best Series Pilot (2018). Knight has also won a 2017 James Beard Award for Fish the Dish in the category of Television Program In Studio or Fixed Location.
A food-lover at heart, Knight was an early advocate of regional cuisine and the slow food movement and is a visiting professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Knight is highly respected in the Canadian culinary community and is a judge for Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants.