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Chef Edward Lee & Robert Aquilino
Executive Chef/Owner & Wine Director, 610 Magnolia
Louisville, KY
September 6-8,2013


Chef Edward 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, KY.

Lee's adventure to Southern-cuisine eminence began in 2001 on a road trip to Louisville during the Kentucky Derby. He discovered a local gem of a restaurant called 610 Magnolia and spent the evenings cooking in the kitchen. Eddie Garber, the chef/owner at the time, was so impressed by his passion and work ethic that he offered Lee the opportunity to buy out his restaurant. Lee accepted the offer within the year, moving his life from NYC to Louisville, and into the dialogue of the blossoming New Southern food scene that would take shape around a handful of young and forward thinking chefs.

Lee's culinary style draws inspiration from his Asian heritage, his New York training, and his embrace of the American South, coupled with the best ingredients from local farms. Lee's innovative cuisine has twice earned him a finalist nomination for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast in 2011 and 2012. He has been featured in Esquire, Bon Appétit, GQ, Gourmet among many other publications; defeated Iron Chef Jose Garces on Food Network's "Iron Chef America," was a favorite on "Top Chef: Texas, Season 9"; and has appeared on Cooking Channel's "Foodography," CBS "Early Show" and NBC "The Today Show." Lee's career extends to writing credits as well, with articles published in Gastronomica, Organic Gardening, Local Palette and other journals, in addition to authoring a cookbook (Artisan Books, spring 2013) chronicling his unconventional journey from the kitchens of Brooklyn to becoming a lauded Southern chef.

For this special culinary and wine weekend, Chef Lee will be joined by Robert Aquilino, Restaurant Manager & Wine Director for Lee's restaurant 610 Magnolia. At 610 Magnolia, the extensive and ever changing seasonal wine list is entrusted to Aquilino, who interprets how it will complement Chef Lee's ever changing menu. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil Aquilino has lived in NYC, Nantucket, San Francisco, and South Florida, working in some of the best restaurants and hotels from coast to coast. Join us to welcome both Chef Edward Lee and Wine Director Robert Aquilino for this special culinary and wine weekend.

For more information or to register for our culinary weekends, please call 866.451.6750 or 662.451.6750.

Chef Edward Lee

Robert Aquilino

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