Kim O'Donnel is a trained cook, food journalist and cooking instructor.
Before learning how to snip chives for a living, Kim earned an English degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She got her journalism chops at Philadelphia City Paper in Philadelphia, Pa., and then as a reporter in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York (with a scholarship from the James Beard Foundation), Kim has used her culinary schooling in myriad ways. She's been a diner waitress, bakery manager, dessert girl and salad washer. She's also cooked in restaurant kitchens, worked as a personal chef and catered for parties of 100.
Kim is the creator and host of "What's Cooking," a weekly live chat on washingtonpost.com that has been going strong since 1999. The program, one of the first of its kind on the Internet, has developed a devoted following of online readers, from Washington to the Philippines. She's taken her show on the road, from Africa to the Piedmont region of Italy, where she took a Master Course in Italian cuisine.
In addition to her online program, Kim has produced and appeared in more than 40 cooking videos for washingtonpost.com. She writes a recipe column for an Atlanta newsweekly and is a frequent guest on WTOP radio in Washington.
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