Edward Lee is the chef-owner of 610 Magnolia and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY. He is also the culinary director for Succotash in National Harbor, MD,and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. Edward was the recipient of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Writing for his book,Buttermilk Graffiti:A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine, and 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, and the Michelin Guide DC awarded Succotash a Bib Gourmand in 2019. Edward appears frequently in print and television, and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Food & Wine,and many other national publications.He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his role as host of the Emmy-winning series, Mind of a Chef on PBS. He has hosted and written a feature documentary called Fermented.His philanthropic work includes the Lee Diversity Scholarship to support the Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Workshop.In 2018, Edward launched The LEE (Let’s Empower Employment) Initiative, which works to bring more diversity and equality to the restaurant industry. Edward is the author of Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen (Artisan Books, May 2013), and Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine (Artisan Books, April 2018).(Louisville, KY)@chefedwardlee
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