Thursday, September 18, 2008

Susur Lee

Susur Lee is a celebrated chef based in Toronto, Ontario. He was born in Hong Kong, the youngest of four children. He served his culinary apprenticeship at Hong Kong's renowned Peninsula Hotel. He immigrated to Canada in 1978, where he worked his way to executive chef status at a number of restaurants. Lee currently owns two restaurants in Toronto, Susur, and Lee, located side-by-side at 601 and 603 King St. West. His eclectic style is described as fusion cuisine.

The internationally acclaimed restaurant Susur opened its doors in 2000, and was designed with aid from his wife, Brenda Bent . Recognized by '''', '''' and ''Food & Wine'', among others, Susur has been on various international Top 50 lists, including ''Restaurant'''s World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Instead of offering a traditional menu, a tasting menu is built each day from whatever inspires Lee at the marketplace that morning.

He was the second Canadian chef to appear on the Food Network's ''Iron Chef America'' in a battle with Iron Chef Bobby Flay, resulting in a tie. The episode first aired on May 3 2006. The theme ingredient was bacon. Lee has also been a guest chef on Ming Tsai's show, East Meets West, on the Food Network.

Restaurants with which Lee has been affiliated with include:

* Madeline's Toronto 2008-present
* Lee Toronto 2004-present
* Susur Toronto 2000-2008
* Tung Lok Group
* Prague Fine Food Emporium 1998
* Club Chinois Singapore
* Ritz-Carlton Singapore Singapore 1997
* Kojis Kaizen Montreal
* Hemispheres Toronto
* Oceans 1990
* Lotus Toronto
* La Bastille Toronto 1987
* Lela Toronto
* Peter Pan Toronto
* Le Trou Normand Toronto
* Le Connaisseur Toronto
* The Westbury Hotel Toronto
* Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong


Lee will be heading to New York City in the fall of 2008 to be head chef at Thompson LES Hotel. This move caused his Toronto restaurant Susur to close and re-open as Madeline’s, a themed restaurant. His other Toronto eatery Lee will remain open.


* '''', cowritten with Jacob Richler

TV appearances

*At The Table With... - biography on Susur's career
* - Guest chef
*Iron Chef America- he has battled Bobby Flay and
*Opening Soon
*Restaurant Makeover - Dhaba Indian Experience
*This is Daniel Cook
*Toronto Life - Restaurants

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