Writer Matt and Ted Lee of The Lee Bros. - Biography

Charleston, SC

October 2016

Charleston, South Carolina native Ted Lee and brother Matt attended college in the Northeast, settling in New York City. But they so missed the foods of home that, in 1994, the Lees founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, offering mail-order Southern pantry staples.

When an editor asked them to write a story about the great food of the Low Country, they embarked on a second career as journalists. The Lees have written for Travel + Leisure, Bon App├ętit, Garden & Gun, Saveur, Food & Wine, GQ, and The New York Times. But it’s their cookbooks that put them on the map as writers to be reckoned with. The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, Simple Fresh Southern, and Charleston Kitchen have won six IACP and James Beard awards combined. The brothers travel the country with their show “The Boiled Peanut Hour,” and also appear on panels and give talks and cooking classes. They were on-air commentators for The Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats,” and their food and travel show, “Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros.,” airs on the Ovation network.

In the decade since they began writing, the entire world has changed for Southern food, meaning the Lees can speak to the state of Southern food today with the perspective of knowing where it’s been, and where it’s all going. In 2012 they established Tradd Street Associates in Charleston, a consulting firm to help the hospitality industry with food strategy and media affairs. The Lees also founded Cookbook Boot Camp, a professional-development curriculum for food and beverage professionals, and are curators of The Lee Bros. Classic Library, a series of vintage and out-of-print cookbook reissues that Rizzoli will debut in 2017. Ted lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn.