America’s Test Kitchen Chef Julia Collin Davison ’96, Brings It All Together

CIA Alumni Bio

Major: Culinary Arts
Job Title:
Co-Host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country, Executive Food Editor, Cookbook Division, America’s Test Kitchen
Location: Boston, MA

Rochester, NY native Julia Collin Davison attended the University at Albany—SUNY, earning a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and philosophy. “When I graduated college, I had no idea what I was going to do and I realized I should get a skill,” Julia says. “During my time at school, I worked at a little gourmet food market on the weekends. I liked it a lot and they kept promoting me. I thought, ‘cooking is a skill,’ so I applied to the CIA.”

“I really hit my stride when I got to the Hyde Park campus. I’d finally found ‘my people,’” recalls Julia. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is not school.’ It was hard but it was also fun and it felt right.” After graduation, Julia worked in Massachusetts and in the Napa Valley in California.

Photo of CIA graduate and co-host of America's Test Kitchen, Julia Collin Davison
“I really hit my stride when I got to the Hyde Park campus. I’d finally found ‘my people.’ It was hard but it was also fun and it felt right.”—Julia Collin Davison, CIA culinary arts alumna

In 1999, Julia jumped at the chance to work as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated magazine. When the magazine expanded its reach into television with two PBS shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country, her duties grew to include being an on-air test cook. “The whole point of the show is to tell the story of this one recipe and how we developed it,” Julia says. In her additional role as executive editor of America’s Test Kitchen’s cookbook division, Julia has shepherded 23 books to publication—three of which have landed on The New York Times Best Seller List.

In October 2017, Julia and co-host Bridget Lancaster released their own cookbook, Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia: The TV Hosts of America’s Test Kitchen Share Their Favorite Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends. Julia resides in Natick, MA, where she enjoys cooking with her husband, Ian, a chef and fishmonger, and her daughter, Marta.

On April 25, 2018, Julia Collin Davison was honored at the CIA’s annual Leadership Awards event with an Augie Award®—given to those who exemplify the CIA’s values of leadership, creativity, and depth of knowledge. Read more >