Top Chef Season 9, Top Chef Texas, will include Louisville's Chef Edward Lee as a chef-testant when the Bravo series premieres on November 2, 2011. He will compete in the show's largest field so far, 29 aspiring top chefs (16 will advance to compete in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.)
Chef Lee, of Louisville's 610 Magnolia, triumphed against Iron Chef Jose Garces in the November 7, 2010 episode of the Food Network's Iron Chef. (Click here for cover story. ) It was an "offal" challenge: Battle Tongue and Cheek. He represented Kentucky cuisine beautifully: incorporating sorghum, grits, and bourbon (which he served in an iced tea). He even took fresh corn from home into the battle, and his secret weapon: his mother-in-law's handmade sauerkraut (which turned up in a soup, and on a tongue Reuben).
Chef Lee also concluded the James Beard Celebrity Chef Series at the World Equestrian Games this time last year, and characterized the series as a "once in a lifetime opportunity to put the spotlight on Kentucky. How many chances does a city get for something like that... maybe the Olympics?"
Click here to see Chef Lee's casting/audition video at the Bravo site.
(Top Chef's Voltaggio Brothers will also be at the Incredible Food Show at Rupp Arena, October 8. Click here for tickets.)
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