CHEF EDWARD LEE TO STAR IN US DEBUT OF CULINARY GENIUS
Hit UK show featuring chef competitions launching on select FOX stations in August
Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville is the chef judge of Culinary Genius, which premieres August 7 on FOX in select US markets. Samantha Harris, who previously co-hosted Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight, is the host of Culinary Genius.
Each half-hour episode of Culinary Genius begins with a cooking demonstration by Lee, followed by competition between five contestants, all home cooks. At the end of each episode, the contestants will present final dishes to Lee, who will judge them and decide on a winner to receive the title of Culinary Genius. The show will air daily Monday through Friday for three weeks on select FOX-owned stations across the country. Full episodes will be available on online the day after airing.
The UK version of the show airs on ITV and is produced by Gordon Ramsay, who is the producer of the US Culinary Genius as well. Ramsay will also appear on the US version of the show.
Says Lee of the show; “It’s an intense competition wherein home cooks have to withstand my criticism but at the same time I’m trying to inspire home cooks to cook their very best.”
About Chef Edward Lee
Chef Edward Lee is the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY and culinary director for Succotash in National Harbor, MD and forthcoming in DC. He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast. He appears frequently in print and television and was recently nominated for a daytime Emmy for his role as host of the Emmy-winning series, Mind of Chef on PBS. Lee’s self-authored best-selling cookbook, Smoke & Pickles, chronicles his unconventional journey from the kitchens of Brooklyn to becoming a lauded Southern chef. His documentary film, Fermented, follows him around the world as he explores the rich culinary and cultural traditions of fermented food. For more information on Chef Edward Lee, please follow him on Twitter or Instagram.