Rising Star Chef Lee Gregory of The Roosevelt - Biography

Richmond, VA

November 2014

South Carolina native and adopted son of Virginia Lee Gregory got his culinary start like many young cooking bucks, working an internship. In Gregory’s case, it happened to be with Richmond Chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia, who not only taught him a love and appreciation for cooking, but also instilled in him a love for the city of Richmond. After working for Reitzer for five years, Gregory moved on, spending time working at Six Burner in Richmond, Mockingbird in Staunton, and Blue Light Grill in Charlottesville, but he eventually made his way back to Richmond. In 2011, Gregory and partner Kendra Feather opened The Roosevelt in Richmond’s historic Church Hill. An almost instantaneous city staple, The Roosevelt was named “Restaurant of the Year” by Style Weekly, “2012 Best New Restaurant” by Richmond Magazine, and “2014 Restaurant of the Year” from Richmond Magazine's Elby Awards (Gregory also took home “Chef of the Year”). In 2013 and 2014, Gregory was nominated for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” by The James Beard Foundation and won a StarChefs Rising Star Chef Award for his work at the restaurant. For his latest project, Gregory is teaming up with fellow 2014 D.C. Rising Star Joe Sparatta of Heritage and local Richmond farmer Matt Gottwald to open the seasonally driven, upscale casual eatery, Southbound.