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America’s Test Kitchen’s Chris Kimball to launch a new media venture

Cambridge, MA - 10/16/2013 - Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen spoke at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Slug: 18nameskimball Reporter: n/a LOID: 6.2.1796197650

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Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen spoke at Harvard University in this Oct. 16, 2013, photo.

When a contract dispute led Chris Kimball to walk away from his role as the head of America’s Test Kitchen last fall, it was clear that the bow-tied food aficionado had too much of a following to hang up his apron for good.

On Wednesday, we got a new inkling at to what he’s up to next. Suffolk County property records indicate that Kimball is launching a new venture, CPK Media, and signed a seven-year lease at 177 Milk Street to house the company in January. The lease was filed publicly on April 1.

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Kimball, who published his first issue of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993, grew to become the perfectionist face of America’s Test Kitchen brand, helping to propel its flagship television show into the most popular cooking program on public television. Kimball still retains a role as a minority owner in the Brookline-based company, and has said in interviews that the split was amicable.

In an interview with Current last fall, he hinted that his new venture “will be very focused on public media” and job listings with the company indicate there will be an audio component. Kimball did not respond to inquiries made about what else might be in store.

If nothing else, the location of the new business seems a fitting locale for his new food-centric endeavor: the Romanesque Revival building was the former Flour & Grain Exchange.

Janelle Nanos can be reached at janelle.nanos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @janellenanos.
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