Katie Lee Biography
Katie Lee (full name: Katherine Lee) is an American chef, television food critic and novelist born on 14th September 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia, U.S. She co-hosts ‘The Kitchen’ on Food Network and hosts ‘Beach Bites with Katie Lee’ on The Cooking Channel.
Katie Lee Education
Katie attended Milton Elementary School, Milton Middle School and Cabell Midland High School. In 2003 she graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a double major in English and journalism. While at the university she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta, spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy at The British Institute.
Katie Lee Age
Katie was born on 14th September 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia, U.S. She is 37 years old as of 2018.
Katie Lee Parents
Raised in Milton, West Virginia, Lee’s parents are Kim Becker and Steve Lee as the only child of the couple. She is of American nationality and Asian-American ethnicity.
Katie Lee Husband
Lee is married to actor and television producer, Ryan Biegel. They got engaged on 22nd March 2018 at the La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa. They got married on 1st September 2018 in Da Tommaos Allo Scoglio.
Katie and Ryan first met while working. She siad, “Ryan had signed on to be a producer for my first season of Beach Bites, he introduced himself and told me we would be working together soon on Beach Bites, and all I remember thinking was, Wow, that guy is handsome.”
Months later they were travelling from one location to another for the show. While in Punta Mita, Mexico, the whole crew went for sunset cocktails on the beach. “One by one, they peeled off, until just the two of us were left, we talked for hours about our travels and how much we both loved food.”
Two years later Ryan proposed in Paris at La Réserve hotel ‘It was time to leave for dinner, and he said, ‘Do you have everything?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘No, I think you are missing one thing.’ He then pulled a vintage 1940s ring from Fred Leighton out of his pocket and got down on one knee. We toasted that night with roast chicken and duck fat potatoes.”
Katie Lee Billy Joel
Billy Joel is the former husband of Katie. They met at The Peninsula hotel, rooftop bar while visiting New York City for a weekend. On 2nd October 2004, after dating for a year, they got married at Billy’s home in Oyster Bay, Long Island with Alexa Ray Joel, Billy’s daughter from a previous marriage to Christie Brinkley serving as the maid of honour.
They separated in June 2009 after nearly five years of marriage.
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Katie began her career by working in several restaurants and wine stores. In 2003, Lee served as the house fishmonger for the then newly opened Jeff and Eddy’s Restaurant. In 2005, together with Aleishall Girard they created OliveAndPeach.com, a foodie website. In September 2006 the site ceased updating.
Katie hosted the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2006 but was later replaced by Padma Lakshmi after negative critical reception. In 2010 she was a guest judge on Top Chef All Stars, Episode 2 (“Night at the Museum”).
She is a contributing editor to Gotham magazine, she also writes a weekly culinary and lifestyle column, “Katie’s Kitchen” in Hamptons magazine. She has appeared on many shows such as Paula’s Party, Martha, Today, The Early Show,The Nate Berkus Show, Rachael Ray Show, and Fox News.
She was a judge on Iron Chef America in 2007. She is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council. On 8th May 2009 she appeared on the video blog Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuk. She is a member of the Chefs Council of Chefs For Humanity and also Les Dames d’Escoffier, an organisation that educates and mentors women in the culinary profession.
Lee has been featured on Beat Bobby Flay many times as a guest judge. She co-hosts The Kitchen on Food Network and is the host of Beach Bites with Katie Lee on Cooking Channel.
Katie Lee Net worth
Katie has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Katie Lee Cook Books
- 2008: The Comfort Table
- 2009: The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions
- 2015: Endless Summer Cookbook
Katie Lee Novel – Groundswell
In 2011, she released her first novel, Groundswell. The novel tells the story of Emma, a small-town girl with big dreams whose marriage to a celebrity catapults her into the out-of-this-world lifestyle of the rich and famous. Emma was an aspiring screenwriter but she suffered from betrayal when her husband cheats on her with her best friend. She emerges stronger as she finds healing – and love – through surfing.
“I know people want to read the book and think that it’s about my life, but it is totally fiction; I don’t look at it as being autobiographical at all. Of course I drew experiences from my own life and the lives of my friends – I mean, some of the stuff that’s in there are things you just can’t make up – but the story of Emma is all her own. Writing this book takes me back to why I loved reading so much as a kid; while I was writing this book, for just a few hours a day, I got to go into someone else’s world and live someone else’s life.” Katie Lee said about the book.
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Who taught you to cook? Who inspired you to be in the kitchen?
Katie Lee: My grandmother Dora taught me how to cook. She’s from a small town in West Virginia called Milton. I would pull a stool up to her kitchen counter after school. My love of food started there.
Do you still cook with her?
Katie Lee: Yes, and in fact I’m going home this weekend. She makes the best food, world over. I guess it’s that comfort food feeling that takes you back to a place in time. Food is like music in that way—you hear a song and maybe it brings you back to prom. For me, a batch of biscuits takes me home to grandma’s kitchen.
What’s your favorite of all her dishes?
Katie Lee: I love her biscuits and her steak and gravy. I do it exactly like how she tells me to do it, but it never turns out right. I don’t know what I’m missing. She’s 78 and she got married when she was 16. I always think of my grandfather as the original foodie. He was the slowest eater. He savored everything. Even when everyone was gone from the table, he was still eating.
Your Logan County hamburgers are famous—what’s another signature Katie Lee dish?
Katie Lee: That simple, silly burger, I can’t believe they won the Burger Bash and people know them by name—I never thought that I’d be the burger queen. I guess my other signatures are my fried chicken and also my meatloaf.
In your recent interview for the New York Times with Frank Bruni, you said you refer to meatloaf as “man-loaf” because it’s the way to get a man to fall in love with you. Depending upon the man, do you change the ingredients or are all men equal? How do you make yours?
Katie Lee: I do always make it the same way. I do it with sautéed onions, bell peppers, herbs, and I put Worcestershire sauce and ketchup in the meatloaf and on top of it. It’s traditional. The only time I make a change is if I have a non-red meat-eating friend; then I make it with turkey and it’s still really good. I like to make meatloaf sliders too which are easy for a party because you don’t have to flip a ton of burgers. You make a bunch of miniature meatloaves and put them in the oven all at once.
What would be the complete heart-swaying meatloaf menu?
Katie Lee: I serve it with mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, which is a real traditional Southern dish and is usually made with a can of condensed mushroom soup and a can of fried onion rings. I make a homemade cream sauce with homemade fried shallots. Done the traditional with the cans, you taste it all day. It’s one of those things, like a greasy donut.
Would you ever want to have your own restaurant?
Katie Lee: It’s an idea I’ve toyed with, but if I were going to do it I would want to do it right. I would want to be there every day and I’m not ready for that. Maybe one day: I’m not ruling it out.
Other than your own, what cookbooks do you refer to most often?
Katie Lee: I love the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks—they’re so nicely done and her recipes are beautiful and simple. I love Martha Stewart, and I love Donna Hay, from Australia. I just love to look at cookbooks, it’s almost like they’re comic books for me. I can’t look at them before bed; it gets me too excited.
What are your favorite three ingredients?
Katie Lee: Definitely butter. And you know what, I like salted butter. Of course I love garlic. And I use a lot of cilantro. I’d say salt, butter and fresh herbs. But lemons are important too. Butter, salt, garlic, herbs and lemon. My top five. Now I’m hungry.