Katie Lee (chef)
Born/Date of Birth: 14 September, 1981
Place of Birth: Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Spouse: Ryan Biegel (m. 2018), Billy Joel (m. 2004–2010)
Books: Groundswell, Endless Summer Cookbook, The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions
Occupation: Chef, Author, Culinary TV Personality, Novelist
Official Website: Katie Lee
Katherine "Katie" Lee (born September 14, 1981) is an American cookbook author, television food critic, and novelist.
Lee was raised in Milton, West Virginia. Lee studied journalism and food science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she graduated in 2003. While there she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, at The British Institute.
She met Billy Joel at the rooftop bar at The Peninsula hotel while visiting New York City for a weekend. After dating for a year, she and Joel married at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, on October 2, 2004. Alexa Ray Joel, Billy Joel's daughter from his marriage to Christie Brinkley, served as maid of honor.
After nearly five years of marriage, Billy and Katie Lee separated in June 2009.
On March 22, 2018, Lee got engaged to television producer Ryan Biegel at the La Réserve Hotel and Spa in Paris. They were married on September 1, 2018, at Lo Tommaso Allo Scoglio in the seaside village of Marina del Cantone on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Lee has worked in several restaurants and gourmet food and wine stores. In 2003, she helped to open Jeff and Eddy’s Restaurant where she served as the house fishmonger.
In July 2005, Lee created the foodie website OliveAndPeach.com with partner Aleishall Girard. The web site ceased updating in September 2006.
In 2006, she hosted the first season of Bravo's Top Chef. Subsequently, Bravo replaced her with Padma Lakshmi. She later returned as a guest judge on Top Chef All Stars, Episode 2 ("Night at the Museum") in 2010.
Lee's first cookbook, The Comfort Table, was published by Simon & Schuster. In October 2009, Simon & Schuster released Katie's second cookbook The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions
In June 2011, Lee released her first novel, Groundswell, about a woman recovering from divorce who finds the healing power of surfing.
Lee served as a food and lifestyle contributor for The Early Show and has appeared on Extra as a special correspondent. Additionally, she is a contributing editor to Gotham magazine, and her culinary and lifestyle column, "Katie's Kitchen", is published weekly in its sister magazine Hamptons. Lee has also appeared on Paula's Party, Martha, Today, The Early Show,The Nate Berkus Show, Rachael Ray Show, and Fox News. In 2007, she was a judge on Iron Chef America.
Lee is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council. She previously sat on the council of Chefs for Humanity, a group that provides humanitarian aid worldwide. She has also volunteered for Les Dames d'Escoffier, an organization that educates and mentors women in the culinary profession.
Lee appeared on the video blog Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuk on May 8, 2009.
Lee has been a guest judge on Beat Bobby Flay many times, including on July 21, 2016 for a special "Ladies Night" episode.
Lee is a co-host of Food Network's talk show The Kitchen, and the Cooking Channel's Beach Bites with Katie Lee.
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