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Susur Lee
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Born 1958 (1958)
Hong Kong
Cooking style Fusion cuisine

Susur Lee (born 1958) is a celebrated chef based in Toronto, Canada. He was born in Hong Kong, the youngest of six children. He served his culinary apprenticeship at Hong Kong's renowned Peninsula Hotel. He immigrated to Canada in 1978, where he worked his way to executive chef status at a number of restaurants. Lee currently owns two restaurants in Toronto, "Madeline's" (formerly "Susur"), and "Lee"', located side-by-side at 601 and 603 King St. West. In 2008 he opened "Shang", located in the Thompson Hotel in the Lower East Side of New York City.In 2009 he opened "Zentan", located in the Dupont Circle Area of Washington DC. His eclectic style is described as fusion cuisine.

The internationally acclaimed restaurant Susur opened its doors in 2000, and was designed with aid from his wife, Brenda Bent (Lee's first wife died in the Korean Airlines disaster in 1983). Recognized by Gourmet, Restaurant (UK) and Food & Wine, among others, "Susur" has been on various international Top 50 lists, including Restaurant's World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Instead of offering a traditional menu, a tasting menu is built each day from whatever inspires Lee at the marketplace that morning.

He was the second Canadian chef to appear on the Food Network's Iron Chef America (the first was Rob Feenie) in a battle with Iron Chef Bobby Flay, resulting in a tie. The episode first aired on May 3, 2006. The theme ingredient was bacon. Lee has also been a guest chef on Ming Tsai's show, East Meets West, on the Food Network.[1] Restaurants with which Lee has been affiliated with include:

  • Zentan at the Donovan House, Washington DC (owner & chef) 2009-present
  • Shang, New York (owner & chef) 2008-present
  • Madeline's, Toronto (owner & chef) 2008-present
  • Lee, Toronto (owner & chef) 2004-present
  • Susur, Toronto (owner & chef) 2000-2008
  • Tung Lok Group
  • Prague Fine Food Emporium, 1998
  • Club Chinois, Singapore (Consulting Chef)
  • Ritz-Carlton, Singapore (Consulting Chef) 1997
  • Kojis Kaizen, Montreal
  • Hemispheres, Toronto (Consulting Chef)
  • Oceans, 1990
  • Lotus, Toronto (owner & chef) 1987-1997
  • La Bastille, Toronto (guest chef) 1987
  • Lela, Toronto (chef or executive chef)
  • Peter Pan, Toronto (chef or executive chef)
  • Le Trou Normand, Toronto
  • Le Connaisseur, Toronto
  • The Westbury Hotel, Toronto (cook)
  • Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong (apprentice/commis)



Lee is now based in New York City as the head chef of the Shang restaurant at the new Thompson LES Hotel. This move caused his Toronto restaurant "Susur" to close and re-open as "Madeline’s", a European themed restaurant. His other Toronto eatery "Lee" will remain open.


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