International Culinary Center
Born in South Korea, Nick Lee grew up in the United States with a love for experiencing different cultures—travelling through various countries and living in Japan, China, and Cambodia for a time. Nick holds a Bachelors of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Psychology from the University of Illinois, and his unique career background ranges from engineering, accounting and military, to hotel management—he’s worked both front of house & back of house in hotel restaurants. Having always been passionate about food, Nick decided to pursue this passion by enrolling in the International Culinary Center’s Professional Culinary Arts program this past January. He is currently in his final externship level of the program at Jean Georges’ Mercer Kitchen in Soho. Believing that food is the common denominator to people’s diverse experiences and backgrounds, Nick hopes to transfer his unique background and experience into the food that he serves. During his downtime, he continues to challenge himself to learn something new, recently learning to speak Chinese (in addition to English, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish) and also obtaining a private pilot license.
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