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