Globally renowned local hero, Chef Susur Lee, joins us to speak about his restaurant legacy, the traditions and techniques that inspire him, and the culinary sensibilities that drive Ang Lee's 1994 culinary classic, Eat Drink Man Woman. Join us for delicious local bites before the event, provided by St. Lawrence Market.
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From humble beginnings as a 16-year-old apprentice at a prestigious five-star Hong Kong hotel to his Atlas stride atop the fickle universe of celebrity chefdom, Susur Lee has never deviated from a consuming passion: to create tantalizing dishes that blend textures and flavours in glorious harmony. Balancing the epicurean traditions of China with the classical techniques of European cuisine, Lee improvises a daring and original culinary aesthetic. Emigrating to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1978, he reimagined the gastronomic landscape of the city and set to work to in its definition. Lee's journey to Toronto restauranteur and celebrity chef extraordinaire launched with the opening of Lotus in 1987. Joining together the ingredients and classical techniques of Asia and Europe, Lee pioneered this revolutionary movement, later being named the Father of Fusion. In 2000, he opened the eponymous Susur, which was included in Restaurant Magazine’s prestigious list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. In 2004, he opened Lee, the "high-energy, accessible" sister location to Susur, which continues to be packed daily over 10 years later. In addition to helming five restaurants in Toronto - Lee, Bent, Fring’s, Luckee & Lee Kitchen - and overseeing his prestigious TungLok Heen in Singapore, Lee makes numerous television appearances and travels the world as a guest chef and consultant. Following appearances on Iron Chef America, he became a media sensation on Top Chef Masters, where he vanquished 20 competing chefs and crossed filleting knives with chef Marcus Samuelsson in a kitchen showdown. Lee is currently a judge on Chopped Canada and Master Chef Asia. Boasting an illustrious career spanning decades, Lee was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants and was recently named an ambassador for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Shahir Massoud is the current co-host on CBC's The Goods. After graduating from York University's Schulich School of Business, Shahir Massoud decided to pursue his true passion and move to New York City to enroll in the famed French Culinary Institute. While in New York, he worked in the kitchens of Mario Batali (Lupa), Jean-Georges Vongerichten (The Mark Hotel) and Saveur magazine. Massoud has since moved on to become the Corporate Executive Chef at Levetto, overseeing multiple locations all over Ontario. Massoud has also made regular appearances on various Canadian morning and daytime programs including Cityline and Breakfast Television.