For Katie Lee, cooking wasn’t just a hobby growing up — it was a way of life.
Raised in a modest, tight-knit West Virginia family, each evening centered around the dinner menu. Eager to get involved, Katie began cooking at the tender age of 4 under the guidance of her mentor Grandma Dora. Using fresh vegetables from her grandpa’s garden and meat from the family’s cattle and pig farms, Katie quickly learned the value of seasonal ingredients. Katie’s first cookbook, The Comfort Table, was released in 2008, soon followed by The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions (2009) and Endless Summer Cookbook (2015). In addition to her comfort food cookbooks, she writes a column for SELF and published her first novel, Groundswell, in 2011. Outside of her culinary and literary adventures, Katie sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys surfing, traveling and playing with her dog, Gus. She resides in the Hamptons.
Katie Lee is the co-host of The Kitchen, which airs on the Food Network. Inspired by top chef, Bobby Flay, she refers to him as her mentor and strives to match his cooking abilities. The outgoing personality also relates to Beyoncé, because like the famous diva, Lee claims that she always has “hot sauce in my bag, swag.”
The current host of the Food Network’s digital series “What Would Katie Eat: Home Edition” shares her favorite recipes with viewers. The 38-year-old culinary expert from West Virginia is an accomplished food critic and author of two cookbooks. She was the host of the Bravo channel’s first season of their hit series Top Chef. Lee has also appeared as a judge on the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship and Iron Chef America. The busy co-host writes a weekly lifestyle column published in the Hamptons magazine entitled “Katie’s Kitchen.
Katie hosted this year’s Cooking for a Cause where Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Lexis Gonzales created dishes from our new Recipe Builder. Proceeds from the event supported Harlem Eat Up!
Watch the video and make the dish along with the chefs!