LEE HILLSON

 

T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort

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Chef Lee has experienced a meteoric rise in a business that now requires top-notch telegenic talent coupled with nerves of steel and razor sharp business acumen. He has these in spades, as evidenced by his battle with Iron Chef Cat Cora on the blockbuster Food Network show, Iron Chef America. He has created remarkable meals for luminaries such as President George W. Bush, Barbra Streisand, Princess Diana, Richard Branson, Billy Joel and a favorite local celeb, blockbuster author, Clive Cussler. Chef Lee enrolled in culinary school in his native England at the age of 16. Just two years later he was cooking in the heart of Texas at the Hyatt in Austin, and then returned to London as the Chef de Partie at the Roux Patisserie, owned by world-renowned chefs, Albert and Michel Roux. With several prestigious stops as Pastry Chef in England, Hillson again crossed the Atlantic to become Executive Sous Chef at Vanderbilt Hall in Newport, Rhode Island. Within a few short months, he was appointed Executive Chef at this restaurant, ranked as one of the country's top five by Country Inn magazine. After Rhode Island, Chef Lee joined T. Cook's and has since been part of the lineup that has garnered acclaim from the likes of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, Travel + Leisure magazine and a host of Phoenix/Scottsdale food writers. He has repeatedly taken top honors in Zagat Surveys, Gayot.com and the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com Readers' Choice Awards. Hillson has cooked on many occasions at the James Beard House in New York, hosted a Friends of James Beard dinner at the resort, and tirelessly participated in countless local high profile culinary events. We thank Chef Lee for his support of Skuna Bay Salmon, serving it proudly since December, 2011 and now joining our Family of Chefs since his visit to Skuna Bay in May, 2012.