Edward Lee

Chef, Author and Restaurateur

Edward Lee is the Chef of 610 Magnolia and Nami in Louisville, KY.  He is the Culinary Director for Succotash Prime in Washington DC and 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 for which he won the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2021.  Chef Lee is also the recipient of the 2024 James Beard Humanitarian Award.  He has a 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. His new book, Bourbon Land, explores the culinary diversity of KY Bourbon. 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.  Nami was recently named one of the country’s Top Restaurants in 2023 by USA Today.  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. 

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