Ed Lee

THE MIND OF A CHEF
American

 

American cuisine has come to be known as much more than just burgers and hot dogs. Chef Ed Lee heads to Brooklyn’s Chinatown for some ingredients, then to the kitchen to make jop chai, a Thai stew. Later, Ed visits Houston, Texas, and makes a crispy fish fresh from the Gulf of Mexico and Filipino kinilaw (raw fish salad). A sweat-inducing crawfish dinner in a Vietnamese joint exemplifies how Creole, Cajun, Mexican, and Asian flavors blend with the Gulf’s bounty, effectively creating an entirely new American cuisine.

 

 

THE MIND OF A CHEF
Impermanence

 

Chef Edward Lee embarks on adventures that take him out of the kitchen and into the depths of what moves and motivates him — seeking the history of what it means to be a chef, the key to making a perfect bourbon, the call of that culinary siren, the American South. One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice and one part New York attitude, Lee is a Korean American who grew up in Brooklyn, trained in NYC kitchens and has spent the better part of a decade honing his vision at 610 Magnolia Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Impermanence:
Ed dissects the evolution of a dish and the public’s changing tastes. He tries his hand at cooking alternative meats (like alligator); enjoys a recipe that has stood the test of time, Maw Maw’s Ravioli from Hog & Hominy’s Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman; and creates a quickly disappearing dim sum dish with Stuart Brioza, as he looks toward the future of food.