Chef Edward Lee is the chef and co-owner of 610 Magnolia, a restaurant known for Southern fare and a focus on farm-to-table cooking. Apart from the Bravo channel cooking competition, Chef Lee also has been featured on “Iron Chef America,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” BBC’s “The World,” Martha Stewart Living Channel and Mo Rocca’s “Foodography,” as well as being named a finalist, in 2011, for the Best Chef Award Southeast from the James Beard Foundation.
Lee’s passion for food is only surpassed by his sense of adventure; it is, after all, what took him to Louisville from a successful career in New York City. In 2001, on a cross-country road trip, Lee wound up in Louisville during Derby Week, the busiest dining week of the year. On a tip from a friend, he sought out the eccentric chef of a local gem called 610 Magnolia, finagling an invitation to work in the kitchen for the week. Impressed with Lee’s passion and skill, the chef offered him the restaurant less than a year later, and his Southern adventures began. The rest is history.