The Forge: Christopher Lee Keeps Things Classic (with a Few Twists)

Photos by Laine Doss
The Forge's owner, Shareef Malnik, and executive chef Christopher Lee host a dinner in the restaurant's private wine room.
In the past few months, the Forge has gone through some changes, announcing the departure of Dewey LoSasso and the arrival of its new executive chef,
Christopher Lee.

Lee, who was hired by the Forge's owner, Shareef Malnik, in January, comes with a long resumé. He received the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year award in 2005 and was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef in 2006. He has worked at many New York powerhouses, including Daniel, Jean Georges, Oceana, and Michelin-star-rated Gilt and Aureole. Miami diners might remember Lee from Eden, which opened in 2010 and closed in March 2012.

Since then, the talented chef has co-owned Sophia's in Philadelphia, which had a life span of less than a year. In December 2012, Grub Street reported that Lee was planning to open several restaurants in Philadelphia and then concentrate on Washington, D.C. It seems, however, that the Forge's Malnik enticed the chef to take over the kitchen at his iconic Miami Beach restaurant. Since his hiring, Lee has been busy updating dishes while staying true to a classic steak-house concept. He's now launched a new menu, showcasing it at a recent media dinner where New Times were able to try some dishes and catch up with the chef.

Jamaican jerk bacon.
Chef Lee took a classic steak-house menu and turned it around with some innovative twists. For instance, bacon was given a spicy Jamaican jerk preparation.

Duck pastrami with rye gnocchi.
A play on pastrami on rye, Lee serves duck pastrami over braised cabbage with rye gnocchi.

Location Info

The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar

432 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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