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Meet the Chefs


James Beard Award Winning Authors and Chefs

  • VNA Haggerty Kitchen 1440 W. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas TX


Matt and Ted Lee - The Lee Brothers Cheffs

Siblings Matt and Ted grew up and learned to cook in Charleston, South Carolina, in a townhouse on the city’s fabled Rainbow Row. They left to attend colleges in the Northeast and missed the foods of their hometown so much they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food journalists and cookbook authors.

Since 2000, they have written hundreds of food, wine, and travel features for magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. Their three cookbooks, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook (2007), The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern (2009), and The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (2013) won two James Beard Awards and four IACP Cookbook Awards, and they are widely credited with bringing a richer understanding of southern cooking into the mainstream. They were on-air commentators for all seven seasons of The Cooking Channel’s hit series Unique Eats, and hosts and executive producers of Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros. on Ovation.

More recently, Matt and Ted created Cookbook Boot Camp, a two-day seminar that equips aspiring cookbook authors with the knowledge they need to complete and sell their cookbook proposals to national publishers. They are editors of The Lee Bros. Classic Library, a series of vintage-cookbook reissues published by Rizzoli, and they consult to an array of festivals and corporations on food programming and strategy. Their most recent book, Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business, was named one of 2019’s best books by Amazon and was called by The New York Times Book Review “The Kitchen Confidential of big-ticket catering.”

Matt, his wife Gia, and their three sons live in Charleston, SC. Ted lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn, NY.