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    MeetOwen

     

    Owen Lee

    Owen Lee is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, with 30 years experience in the food business. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Owen found his passion for cooking at a young age.

    With his Cuban ancestry, fluency in Spanish as well as his travels through the United States, Thailand, Mexico and the Caribbean, Owen developed a keen interest in ethnic cuisines and has parlayed those influences into his cooking. After graduating from cooking school, he returned to Philadelphia and worked as a chef for various restaurants and catering operations. In addition he worked as a traveling chef for The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, and Olympic gold medalists Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt.

    In 1992 Owen opened a catering business called “Uncommon Catering” in Philadelphia, arranging both corporate and social events. In 2000 Owen opened Cibucán, a Latin American style tapas restaurant in Philadelphia.

    Starting in 2004, Owen teamed up with filmmaker Mitchell Smith to produce a TV program about Latin American food, music and culture called, “One For The Road.” The program aired in 2010 as a 6 part series on WHYY, the PBS TV affiliate in Philadelphia.”

    He has been interviewed on “A Chef’s Table,” a nationally syndicated radio program on NPR and has made numerous appearances on TV.

    Owen has also taught cooking classes through Temple University’s continuing education program and has worked as a food stylist and a menu consultant. He is also a singer/ songwriter, guitarist, and drummer, performing regularly around the Philadelphia area.