Chef in Residence 2011
From March 14–18, 2011, NAIT welcomed celebrated Master Chef Susur Lee, hailed as " a culinary genius," "an improvisational artist" and one of the "Ten Chefs of the Millennium," as the Hokanson Chef in Residence.
Chef Lee is known for a daring and original aesthetic, juxtaposing complex food traditions of China with classical techniques of French cuisine. His rise to fame began as a 16-year-old apprentice at Hong Kong's elegant Peninsula Hotel. He opened his first restaurant, Lotus, in Toronto in 1987, and enjoyed a decade of stellar reviews. He then spent 3 years in Asia overseeing 45 restaurants for the Tung Lok Group as Culinary Consultant.
On his return to Toronto in 2000, he opened the eponymous gastro-dome Susur, followed in 2005 by Lee, noted for its sharing platter menu and inspired gastronomy. Since then, he has added Shang (New York, 2008), Zentan (Washington, DC, in partnership with The Do Not Disturb restaurant group), and Chinois by Susur Lee (Singapore, 2010, in partnership with Tung Lok Group).
Chef Lee also
- Published his book "Susur: A Culinary Life" in 2005, which combines his life story in one book with his recipes in a second, joined at the spine.
- Was a finalist in Bravo's Top Chef Masters Season 2
- Contributes to charity and community projects, including the Null Foundation, where he helps to provide scholarships for underprivileged students to attend cooking schools.
- Judged the recent World Culinary Competition in Taipei, Taiwan
He is currently making numerous television and radio appearances, and travelling extensively as a guest chef and consultant.