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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chef Christopher Lee Leaves Mad Tomato to Start Chef's Table STL

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Christopher Lee | Cheryl Baehr
  • Christopher Lee | Cheryl Baehr

Chef Christopher Lee has left Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet, Clayton; 314-932-5733) after less than a year. He's moved on to a personal-chef venture called Chef's Table STL. We talked to Lee about what's next for him.

See also: Chef Chat: Christopher Lee on Mad Tomato and What's Forbidden in His Kitchen

Firstly, Lee doesn't want to talk about his departure from Mad Tomato. "It's unfortunate, and it wasn't something I set out to do that long ago. I wasn't like, 'Let's go do this and then leave.' Looking at my track record -- that's really not what I do. It's unfortunate, and it is what it is."

Chef's Table is a food preparation and catering service; Lee says he came up with the idea only about two weeks ago. It's pretty sweet: tell him what you want and he'll deliver you a gluten-free and paleo-minded meal in 48 hours. Lee says it wasn't an idea he was actively working on, but a friend asked him to cook for her and her boyfriend, and he figured two is just as easy as fifty.

"I know a lot of people in my life work a lot of hours and do a lot of things, and with the changing of diets -- there's probably five books you should read, then you have to go to the grocery, then re-train yourself how to prepare it," Lee says, "It seems a little daunting for someone like my mom -- she calls me and says, 'I wish i could eat better.'"

Eventually, Lee would like to have his own product line, but he sees that in his five-year plan.

"Basically I just want to take my years of experience and tie that in," Lee says. "I've done everything from opening cafes to opening $8.3 million banquet centers. I think somewhere in between that, I could offer service to anybody that's looking for whatever."

You can request Lee's services here.

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