Lee Knaz Shows Us His Food

Remember how I mentioned my wildly talented friends?  Well it isn’t just me who recognizes them as such- so does Gordon Ramsay.  All right, maybe he only says that about one of them, but still, I have quality friends.  As for that singular sensation, it is none other than Mr. Lee Knaz who is currently making a name (and several fantastical dishes) on Master Chef.

Blast from the past: Lee at a cookout, Labor Day 2007

Yep.  Lee (and Lukus) and I are friends.  We all met working a few years back at a L.A. club.  Now he is a rising star in the cooking world and I am writing this blog.  I know what you are all thinking: sorry, he’s taken.  Fortunately his girlfriend is lovely.

Well last night we all got together for a Master Chef/ Rosh Hashanah (we were faux Jews for the night) party.  Let me just say, Lee’s cooking was an absolute treat.  The menu was inspired; the people were a joy and the icing on the cake?  Lee made it through to Master Chef finals!  YAY!!!!!

I was even able to get Lee’s opinion on the secrets to being a great cook.  So without further ado:

1) Good knives- do NOT be cheap in this area, as tempting as it may be!

2) Good pans- See number 1

3)The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs– wow, that is a mouth full, but apparently a necessary read.

4) Practice, Practice, Practice- find any and every excuse to cook for people.

Here is Lee, preparing dinner for last night's soiree.

As for me- another dear friend just let us know that he will be having surgery and will consequently be laid up for a few months.  I volunteered to help with cooking, so its fair to say tip 4 will be my mantra.

UPDATE:    Just got a copy of last night’s menu (so everyone will be extra hungry/ jealous):

  1. potato-leek soup
  2. homemade chopped liver
  3. pomegranate fennel citrus salad
  4. roasted beets salad
  5. scalloped potatoes
  6. whole roasted branzinos
  7. roasted lamb shoulder

My tummy is growling just typing this!!!!


  1. and now im hungry.

  2. It was really good! I even liked the liver dish and I never like the liver dish.

  3. MoonOverGeorgia says:

    Mmmmmm Potatoes!!!! :) some say I’m a simple girl hehehe… But love everything he has accomplished and how great he is at what he loves to do

  4. Thissalantine says:

    I hope Lee continues on to write his own cookbook and open a restaurant…judging by what he created on-air, his work is inventive, adventurous, and full of passion. Hoping with fingers crossed!

  5. He is so hot!


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