In Hong Kong, cha chaan teng have been serving up Western and Hong Kong comfort food since the 1950s. Many of these cafes are thriving, even as monster restaurant chains gain a foothold.
If the name Edward Lee sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen him on “Mind of a Chef” or Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Our supervising producer Abbie Fentress Swanson heads to Louisville, Kentucky, to interview Chef Lee about his latest experiments in fermentation, the recent bourbon boom and his take on the Southern classics.
Every since I saw the shocked look on Mr Gold’s face as I sat on the purple velvet sofa at Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand and confessed I had never eaten at a super refined palace of fine dining I’ve been thinking about why. Why had I avoided the uber refined dining experience for so long?