Corey Lee is the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Benu, where he leads a team of hospitality professionals dedicated to providing Benu’s guests with highest level of cuisine and service. To realize his vision for a unique and personal restaurant, Corey spent over a year collaborating with countless purveyors, designers, gardeners, architects and manufacturers to detail each aspect of the experience at Benu.
Corey’s career spans over 15 years working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in England, France and the U.S. Immediately prior to opening Benu, Corey was the chef de cuisine at The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s destination restaurant in Yountville, California. During his tenure at The French Laundry, the restaurant was named ‘Best Restaurant in North America’ by Restaurant Magazine and garnered the highest rating from Michelin, Mobil Guide and San Francisco Chronicle. In 2010, Corey became a goodwill ambassador for the city of Seoul, Korea, a recognition given to leaders in various fields.