Chef Corey Lee: Food & Art Beyond His Kitchen

Corey is an artist that wow-ed not just me, but everyone else who have paid visits to Benu.

Corey Lee
PHOTO Corey Lee

The moment I met Corey, all nerves were eased. He was as kind and open as one could imagine. Fortunately, I grew up eating in a variety of fine-dining restaurants. Unfortunately, before meeting Corey, I had yet to interview Albert Aldria in Barcelona, so I hadn’t fully understood the talent and skills behind: art and design, incorporated in the science of true gastronomy. Sitting at a table at Benu, I allowed my naive conversation to carry on casually with Corey, who could not have been more sweet and courteous.

Corey Lee
PHOTO Wendy Hung

From our conversation, I began to fully grasp onto the fact that, some people in life are meant for certain paths. Corey was meant to be a chef. His understanding of food and art is beyond his kitchen. His anecdotes about all spectrums of art: ballet, paintings and music, align with how I see the world – one that is full of creativity and inspiration. The conversation was easy, simply because I connected with all that he said, and appreciated all the insights he shared.

So I thank him, for opening his thoughts to me, for making my job so easy, and for being who he is: an artist that wow-ed not just me, but everyone else who have paid visits to Benu.

Read more of my interview with Corey Lee: From the French Laundry to Benu, Food as Intended Art.

Delish travels,





Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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