Corey Lee

Benu

Corey Lee

Talk: Benu

In 2001, Corey started what would be his 8 year working relationship with Thomas Keller at his restaurant, The French Laundry, in Yountville, California. He also spent a year opening per se, Thomas' acclaimed restaurant in New York City. The latter half of Corey's time with Thomas was spent as the head chef of The French Laundry. Corey considers Thomas his greatest mentor and attributes his experience at The French Laundry with teaching him the necessary skills to open a restaurant of his own. Corey left The French Laundry in the summer of 2009 to begin preparations to open Benu in San Francisco.

Corey Lee

Corey Lee is the son of an engineer, he moved to the U.S. in 1983 when his father's work relocated him to New York City. Being an immigrant, the food his mother cooked became the most important and tangible link to Corey's native culture. At an early age, he realized that food occupied an important role in society and he became acutely interested in the different kinds of cuisine he encountered.