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Edward Lee      

Author, Food Documentarian & Chef and Owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY

Edward Lee is the Chef and Owner of 610 Magnolia and Nami in Louisville, KY. He is the Culinary Director for Succotash Prime in Washington DC and Succotash in National Harbor, MD. He is also the Co-Founder of The LEE Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to diversity and equality in the restaurant industry. Chef Lee was the recipient of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for his book, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine. His first book, Smoke & Pickles (Artisan Books, May 2013) was a national bestseller. Lee has been a six-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southeast. In 2018, Food & Wine Magazine named 610 Magnolia one of the country’s most important restaurants of the past 40 years. The Michelin Guide DC awarded Succotash a Bib Gourmand in 2019. Chef Lee appears frequently in print and television and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Food & Wine and many other national publications. He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his role as host of the Emmy-winning series, Mind of Chef on PBS. He has hosted and written a feature documentary called Fermented.

In 2017, Chef Lee launched The LEE Initiative, which operates several programs under its umbrella including the Women Culinary and Spirits Program, Restaurant Workers Relief Program, Restaurant Reboot Relief Program, and McAtee Community and Training Kitchen. During the pandemic, The LEE Initiative distributed over 2 million meals, invested $1.5 million in small farms, and gave over $1 million in grants to Black-owned food businesses across the country. Chef Lee was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2021.


Louisville Restaurant News | Chef Edward Lee and Jefferson's ...
Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Trey Zoeller, founder of Jefferson's Bourbon, have launched Jefferson's Chef's Collaboration ? a bourbon-rye blend  ...
A chance to meet chef Edward Lee, a former "Top Chef" contestant
“Top Chef” contestant Edward Lee is coming to Fearrington Village to promote his cookbook, “Smoke & Pickles.” At 6 p.m. June 5, Fearrington is hosting a ...
Chef Edward Lee Adds Korean Spice To Southern Comfort Food ...
Edward Lee's culinary education spans the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn where he grew up to his Korean grandmother's kitchen.

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