2022 D.C.-Chesapeake Mentor Chef Lee Gregory of Alewife and Southbound

2022 D.C.-Chesapeake Mentor Chef Lee Gregory of Alewife and Southbound

3120 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23223

3036 Stony Point Rd.
Richmond, VA 23235


The 2022 class of D.C.-Chesapeake Rising Stars anonymously voted on a Mentor Chef Award, presented by Vitamix. The award goes to the chef who supports and inspires young restaurant professionals in their community. For his ability to nurture talent, combined with his generosity, skill, and vision, Lee Gregory is the recipient of the 2022 D.C.-Chesapeake Rising Stars Mentor Award.

Hailing from South Carolina, Lee Gregory got his culinary start with Richmond Chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia. For five years, Reitzer taught him a love and appreciation for both cooking and the city of Richmond. 

Gregory moved on to work at Six Burner, followed by Mockingbird in Staunton, and Blue Light Grill in Charlottesville. He eventually made his way back to Richmond and, in 2011, Gregory and partner Kendra Feather opened The Roosevelt in Richmond’s historic Church Hill neighborhood. An almost instantaneous city staple, Gregory was honored as a 2014 StarChefs Rising Star Chef for his work at the restaurant. The same year, Gregory teamed up with fellow Rising Stars alum Joe Sparatta of Heritage and local Richmond farmer Matt Gottwald to open the seasonally-driven eatery, Southbound. 

In 2018, Gregory debuted another Virgina hot spot, Alewife, a modern sustainable seafood restaurant. The restaurant was recognized as one of GQ and Esquire magazines’ “Best New Restaurants in America” in 2019 and won Southern Living’s “Best Restaurant of the South” in 2020. Gregory’s next project is as the first chef in residence for Richmond’s new food fall, Hatch. There he will partner with Rising Star Chef Bobo Catoe to open Odyssey Fish, a more accessible, counter-service iteration of Alewife, in 2022.