Corey Lee by Eric Wolfinger

Corey Lee heads out on major city tour

Acclaimed Benu chef is on the road this month and next, hosting dinners, book signings and get-togethers

There's a lovely story that Benu chef Corey Lee tells in our new book, Benu about how his mother kept a spinning wheel and would throw pottery at night after she had spent the day cooking, cleaning and looking after her three children. "The offspring of her creative impulses are what molded my view of ceramics as an art form," says Corey in the book. You can learn more about his artistic taste in an upcoming interview on Artspace which we'll be telling you more about soon. 

In the book Corey reveals that one of his favourite pieces is by the famous Korean ceramicist Cho Sosu. It's the New York double walled porcelain coffee cup, modeled after the ubiquitous New York City deli cup which is great because it's just been announced that New York is one of the cities Corey will be stopping off at next month on a rare outing from the kitchen of his San Francisco restaurant Benu. 


Corey Lee pictured at Benu last night (Thursday April 9) hosting a special dinner for booksellers in the city
Corey Lee pictured at Benu last night (Thursday April 9) hosting a special dinner for booksellers in the city

In fact, Corey who so often describes himself as an American chef first and foremost, will be making a number of stops in major cities in the US as well as some in Canada, Korea and Hong Kong too where he will host dinners, talk about and sign copies of his new book, and serve food inspired by the recipes in the book served at Benu. Highlights of the tour include a talk with Thomas Keller in New York and another with David Chang in Toronto. Check out the events section of Phaidon for the latest news of where Corey will be when. And if you can't make any of the dates console yourself by bringing Corey's world to you, courtesy of his great book Benu, which you'll find here.  News of the tour comes hot on the heels of Corey's nomination in the Best Chef West section of the upcoming James Beard Awards which you can read about above, left.