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Lee Wolen      

Executive Chef & Partner at Boka

Chef Lee Wolen is the Executive Chef & Partner at Boka.

During his early career, Wolen worked as Sous Chef in Chicago at Moto, Butter, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and El Bulli.He would go on to be a Sous chef at Eleven Madison Park in New York, a three-Michelin-star restaurant, for three years. During his tenure, Eleven Madison Park achieved The New York Times’ coveted four stars, earned multiple Michelin stars, and a Top Ten ranking in San Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”

Wolen joined The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago as Chef de Cuisine in 2012. Under Wolen, The Lobby received a five-star rating from Time Out Chicago, a four-star review from Chicago Magazine, and three-stars from Chicago Tribune. Wolen also earned a Michelin Star.

In 2014, He joined Boka Restaurant as Executive Chef/Partner. At Boka, Lee was named “2014 Chef of the Year” by Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago, Plate Magazine’s one of “30 Chefs to Watch,” and was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Boka has maintained a Michelin Star in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Wolen opened his second concept Somerset, an American Restaurant located adjacent to the Viceroy Chicago hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

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