ICA: Garces vs. Lee
Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville is heading to Kitchen Stadium. Waiting for him will be Iron Chef Jose Garces. It stands to reason that Chef Garces won’t be in a mood for games since he tasted defeat for the first time in Kitchen Stadium in his last battle.
Growing up in a predominantly Korean neighborhood in Brooklyn, Lee graduated magna cum laude in Literature from New York University. So it just makes since that he would find is nirvana in the land of thoroughbred racing, Mint Julips and Muhammad Ali. Doesn’t it?
Lee started cooking professionally in high school at the Terrace Five in the Trump Tower. Before long he and his family were running their own Manhattan eatery. After doing the restaurant jitter bug throughout Manhattan, which included tutelage under Chef Frank Crispo, he opened his own restaurant, Clay, in 1998. The stylish, Asian-inspired menu at Clay put Lee on the map. In 2003 Lee sold Clay and moved to Kentucky.
Though raised in New York City, Chef Edward felt that the Blue Grass state was a more natural fit to his natural sense of family and community. And about that Literature degree? It still raises its head in his kitchen at 610 Magnolia. Check out how he describes his philosophy 610, “I believe every meal is a narrative. To cook a meal is to tell a story using the ingredients as a vocabulary. That is why I prepare multi-course meals because it is the only way to complete the narrative.”
So what story will emerge from his visit to Kitchen Stadium? Only time will tell. Matt Frassica of Louisville’s Courier-Journal recently sat down with Chef Lee to discuss his experience on Iron Chef America (HERE). It makes for a good read.
The judges for Battle: Tongue and Cheek were Karine Bakhoum, Marc Ecko and Claudia Bassols.
Click HERE for the outcome.
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