Kitchen Q&A: Christopher Lee


In a time when restaurants are closing faster than a screen door in a windstorm, Christopher Lee is opening two in the same year. What does he know that the rest of the cognoscenti don’t? How will he avoid becoming another ugly restaurant statistic? Is he a pie-eyed sophomore restaurateur with crazy dreams or a talented young chef with visionary ideas and a good investor? One look at the ultra-cozy side patio at his just opened New Orleans–themed Café Ventana suggests the latter. SLM sat down with him just to make sure.

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