Chef Edward Lee - Biography

May 2012

If there was a recipe for Edward Lee, it would be one part Southern soul, one part Asian spice, and one part New York attitude. Raised in Brooklyn, Lee studied English literature at New York University, but upon graduation decided to hang up his pen for a sauce spoon, choosing a life in the kitchen. After staging in restaurants in France, Lee worked in a string of high-profile kitchens in New York before opening his own restaurant Clay at age 25. But Lee was destined to head West. On a cross-country road trip in 2001, Lee stumbled upon Louisville during Derby Week. Amidst all the mint juleps, Lee reached out to the chef of the little-known 610 Magnolia and secured an invitation to work in the kitchen for a week. Less than a year later, Lee joined the team and is now the chef-owner of 610 Magnolia.

For his inventive cuisine that celebrates local ingredients, Lee was a nominee for James Beard Best Chef: Southeast in 2011 and 2012 and has been featured in Gourmet, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Southern Living. He was a contestant on the ninth season of “Top Chef” and has appeared on “Iron Chef America."