Celebrity Chef dishes on her style
When it comes to mastering chic, celebrity chef Katie Lee has it in culinary spades. With her new show “Beach Bites” debuting in June, she’s dishing on her cooking expedition!
The co-star of Food Network’s “The Kitchen” and best-selling author, started cooking at age 4 with her mentor and Grandma, Dora. She has written three cookbooks; penned a novel; and is set to host “Beach Bites With Katie Lee,” a gourmet getaway that takes her around the world to taste the beachside fair of local chefs. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to embark on a mission to the beach with Katie, even if it is via TV? I recently caught up with Lee to talk about her upcoming show, her favorite eats, and of course, to get intel on some of her style faves.
What inspires your love for cooking? I am constantly inspired by my local farm stand in the Hamptons. I go there almost every day and pick up whatever looks fresh and take it home and create my menu around those ingredients.
What is your all-time favorite dish to make? Pizza is my favorite food and I really enjoy cooking my own as well. Making a homemade dough is my zen.
Favorite cocktail. Aperol spritz. (get recipe)
Favorite vacation spot. St barts. I have been going for the last 13 years and I filmed an episode of “Beach Bites” there. I’ll be showing viewers all of the best spots!
What are some of the recipes and destinations we should look forward to seeing on “Beach Bites? I went to so many fun destinations, like Mexico, St. Barts, Miami, and Puerto Rico and ate so much great food! Viewers will get to travel along with me and learn how to make all of the dishes and the secrets of the local chefs. There are too many standouts to name, but one that i keep thinking about is the crab hushpuppy I ate in St. Simon Island, Georgia.
Least and most favorite food or dish? Least favorite is anything with wasabi, most favorite is pizza.
If you could cook a meal for anyone past or present, real or fictional, who would it be and what would you make them? I would have loved to have cooked a meal for Nora Ephron. She wrote some of my all-time favorites.
As a resident of the Hamptons and Tribeca, what are your favorite go-to places? In the Hamptons, I often eat at the Beacon in Sag Harbor. In Tribeca, my favorite spot is Locanda Verde.
What is your style profile: classicist, minimalist, mademoiselle, contemporary, glamazon, bohemian, or rocker? I am a minimalist and occasional bohemian.
If you were a Chic Spy Agent, what would be your code name? Vesper Lynd
“Beach Bites With Katie Lee” premieres on the Cooking Channel, Thursday, June 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Meanwhile, indulge in a healthy summer treat with Katie’s parfait recipe below.
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