PROFESSION: Executive Chef / Partner 610 Magnolia
CULINARY EDUCATION: Self-taught
Edward Lee is chef & owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky. A Brooklyn native, Lee found his way to Louisville while attending The Kentucky Derby in 2003 and destiny brought him to the restaurant, 610 Magnolia. The following year, he bought the restaurant with partner Brook Smith and moved to Louisville. With Lee at the helm, 610 Magnolia has been praised as the fine dining destination of the region. In 2011, he was a Finalist for The Best Chef Award Southeast from the James Beard Foundation.
Lee attended college at NYU graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in English Literature. At 22, he chose to pursue a culinary career instead of a literary one. He staged in a number of restaurants in France and after a brief stint working at several high profile restaurants in NYC, Lee opened Clay in 1998 at the age of 25. When he’s not cooking, Lee is hanging out with animals (both four legged and two legged), hunting game birds, eating fried chicken, singing karaoke and trying to perfect a one handed backhand. His wife, Dianne, is his biggest fan and strongest inspiration. “If I can do one thing to make her proud, my work is done.”
The Latest from Edward
Off the Block Get Fresh Challenge with Sargento
Hugh Acheson tasks Ed Lee and Grayson Schmitz to create a tasty party appetizer using Sargento's "Off the Block" cheeses.
Bravo's Get Fresh Challenge with Sargento
Ed Lee and Grayson Schmitz create great dishes using Sargento cheeses.
Biggest Emergencies: Ed Cooks with His Feet?
Ed is not about to let a cut ruin his chances of being in the competition.
Take a Tour of 'Top Chef' Kitchen!
Exclusive: Go inside our chic new pop-up restaurant.
Ed and Mike Bring Their Food to You
Ed Lee and Mike Isabella share what their experience is like cooking in the Top Chef Kitchen in NYC!
Tour of The Top Chef Kitchen in NYC
Ed Lee gives an insider's look into the much talked-about restaurant in New York, the Top Chef Kitchen.
First Look Inside 'Top Chef Kitchen'
See pics of the show-inspired restaurant's first week.