Taniya Nayak
Taniya Nayak

Host Biography

Taniya Nayak is co-host for season two of ABC's "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" airing October 2023. Nayak has been regularly featured as both a host and interior designer on HGTV shows including "Battle on the Beach" and "Build It Forward." She is a featured designer on Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" for the last 23 seasons, and she is a judge on ABC's primetime hit show "The Great Christmas Light Fight."

A native of India, this Boston-based interior architect is known for creating memorable designs for trendy new restaurants, condo developments and high-end residential projects all over the U.S. Her latest design projects include Tuscan Market, Artisan Marriot Hotel, Yellow Door Taqueria (multiple locations) and numerous new Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants across the country. She has designed for celebrities Ayesha Curry, Robert Irvine, Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins, and more. In November 2021, Len-Tex and MDC Interior Solutions launched Nayak's new collection of high-performance wall coverings.

Nayak is recognized for her appearances on "Today," "Good Morning America," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Talk," "The View" and "The Rachael Ray Show," as well as featured in Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest India, Design New England, Modern Luxury, People magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan.

Nayak was selected personally by Ellen DeGeneres as her brand spokesperson for her home product line, "E.D. On Air," featured on QVC. Nayak supports the Room to Dream Foundation, Smile Train, No Kid Hungry, and Aksaya Patra Organization, and Tommy's Place.

Nayak successfully owns her design firm, Taniya Nayak Design, Inc., based in Boston and is co-owner to several restaurants in the Boston area with her husband, Brian O'Donnell, including Lower Mills Tavern, Yellow Door Taqueria, Madre Osteria, Moonshine Alley, and Citrus and Salt.