Top Chef Masters
Chef Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee is an experienced chef with a record of strong leadership, distinguished reviews, and outstanding accolades for his aesthetic and culinary style. His skillset extends to almost every facet of the industry – as Executive Chef he led New York City’s Aureole and Gilt to Michelin star ratings, as a restaurant owner he has opened and managed new concepts in emerging markets, and as a consultant he has identified and corrected issues to effectively rebuild diminishing clientele.
Chef Lee hopes to use this wealth of experience to move a singular concept or restaurant to a multi-unit hospitality powerhouse. Chef Lee is a native New Yorker, fluent in French technique, who has made his mark by infusing the lighter, fresher flavors of the West Coast into his signature style. Abstract plating, purity of flavor, and flawless technique have earned him recognition from the James Beard Foundation, Gourmet magazine, Food and Wine magazine, and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Lee continually challenges himself and others to become their very best, exercising a sharp eye for trends and a keen business mentality that has only benefitted those around him.
Chef Lee has a relentless work ethic, a tireless ability to train and educate his staff, and a deep loyalty to his supporters. He creates concepts that are accessible but refined, showcasing his understanding of an emerging new genre - modern yet sophisticated comfort food. Proven to be a creative thinker, a calculated risk-taker, and a charismatic influencer, Chef Lee is ready to lead a restaurant group to national, record-setting success. He is a standout among his peers who will undoubtedly transform the companies with which he works.
Received 2 Michelin Stars at Gilt
Received 1 Michelin Star at Aureole
Unprecedented 29 Point Zagat Food Rating at Aureole
2006 Gourmet Magazine, “Top 50 Restaurants: Striped Bass, 16th”
2006 Striped Bass, The Philadelphia Inquirer “4 Bell Review”
2005 James Beard Award “2005 Rising Star Chef of the Year”
2006 James Beard Nomination “2006 Best Chef Mid-Atlantic”
2006 Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef Award
2007 StarChefs.com Rising Star Chef Award
2007 Swanson Stock Commercial
2009 Contestant on Inaugural Season of “Top Chef Masters”
2012 Launched Signature Sake “iki”
2013 Long Island Business 40 under 40 Honoree & Winner