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1958 (age 62-63)

Brenda Bent (m. 1991), Marilou Covey (m. 1978–1983)

Jet Bent-Lee, Kai Bent-Lee, Levi Bent-Lee

Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Rob Feenie


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Susur Lee is a Canadian celebrity chef based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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Culinary career

Susur was born in Hong Kong, the youngest of six children. He served his culinary apprenticeship at Hong Kong's renowned Peninsula Hotel. He immigrated to Canada in 1978 and met and married his first wife, Marilou Covey, the same year. In 1983 Susur and Marilou decided to move to Hong Kong. Those plans came to an end when Marilou died tragically as a passenger aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007 that was destroyed by a Soviet jet fighter. Susur remarried (Brenda Bent) in 1991.

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Susur worked his way to executive chef status at a number of restaurants and eventually became an entrepreneur. His eclectic culinary style is described as Fusion cuisine. He is especially well known for "Singapore Slaw", his take on a Lo Hei salad, which is traditionally eaten during the Chinese New Year.

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Susur was a finalist in the second season of the Bravo TV show Top Chef: Masters, finishing in a tie for second behind winner Marcus Samuelsson. He has made guest appearances on numerous television cooking shows, and was the second Canadian chef (after Rob Feenie) to appear on the Food Network's Iron Chef America.

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Susar's career includes being a chef at numerous Toronto dining establishments, judging culinary events, appearing on many food and wine television shows and owning/managing popular restaurants in Canada, United States and Singapore. Lotus, his first restaurant, opened in Toronto in 1987. He currently owns and manages Susur Lee Restaurant Group.


Susur's awards include the prestigious CAA Five Diamond Award, Cannes, France; the American Academy of Hospitality Services' 5 Diamond Award (selected as one of the "World's Best Chefs") and being named one of the "Ten Chefs of the Millennium" by Food & Wine. In 2017 he was given "Canada's Best 100 Lifetime Achievement Award".

Current restaurants

  • Lee, Toronto (owner and chef), 2004 – present
  • Tung Lok Heen (formerly Chinois), Singapore (owner and chef), 2010–present
  • Luckee, Toronto (owner and chef), 2014–present
  • Fring's, Toronto (co-owner rapper Drake), 2015–present
  • Lee Kitchen, Toronto Pearson International Airport, 2015–present
  • Past restaurant affiliations

  • Bent, Toronto (owner and chef), 2012–2017
  • Zentan at the Donovan House, Washington, D.C. (owner and chef), 2009–2013
  • Shang, New York (owner and chef), 2008–2011
  • Madeline's, Toronto (owner and chef), 2008–2010
  • Prague Fine Food Emporium, Toronto, 1998
  • Ritz-Carlton, Singapore (consulting chef), 1997
  • Kojis Kaizen, Montreal
  • Hemispheres, Toronto (consulting chef)
  • Oceans, 1990
  • Lotus, Toronto (owner and chef), 1987-1997
  • La Bastille, Toronto (guest chef), 1987
  • Lela, Toronto (chef or executive chef)
  • Peter Pan, Toronto (chef or executive chef)
  • Le Trou Normand, Toronto
  • Le Connaisseur, Toronto
  • The Westbury Hotel, Toronto (cook)
  • Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong (apprentice/commis)
  • Book

  • ''A Culinary Life, co-written with Canadian Chef Jacob Richler. Published by Ten Speed Press.
  • TV appearances

  • Chopped Canada - guest judge
  • Top Chef Canada - guest judge
  • Top Chef - guest judge
  • Top Chef Masters - finalist (runner-up)
  • At The Table With... - biography on Susur's career
  • East Meets West - guest judge
  • Food Jammers - guest appearance in "Global Dumpling" episode
  • Iron Chef America - tied ghef Bobby Flay in "Battle Bacon"
  • Opening Soon - Lee Restaurant
  • Restaurant Makeover - Dhaba Indian Excellence
  • Simply Ming - guest chef in the "Hoisin Sauce and Pizza Dough" episode
  • This is Daniel Cook
  • Bizarre Foods America
  • MasterChef Asia - guest judge
  • Controversy

  • In 2007 the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) investigated six complaints of unpaid wages from former Toronto employees. They also reviewed allegations of excessive work hours, failure to provide employees with due time off and various other employment standards and human rights violations.
  • In 2017, Fring's Restaurant, co-owned with rapper Drake, had its liquor license suspended by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The establishment was cited for numerous Liquor Control and Fire Protection and Prevention violations, including overcrowding, promoting "immoderate consumption" and failing to post its licence.
  • In 2017, employees of Susur's Toronto restaurants accused the business of docking tips from staff to pay for spilled drinks, errors and unpaid guest checks, a practice that is illegal in Ontario. After more than 7000 customers petitioned Susur, he and his playboy sons, Kai Bent-Lee and Levi Bent-Lee, who help to manage the family business, announced that they would cancel the illegal "IOU" policy and refund all retained gratuities to current and past staff.
  • References

    Susur Lee Wikipedia

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