It was cheaper to make things at home than to go out, so that’s what I did. It was when I got older that I wanted to learn the real art and skills of cooking from scratch.” Her ambition led her to Le Cordon Bleu for schooling, and the rest, of course, is history.
Lee says she feels blessed for many reasons, including her success as a chef and her status as a breast cancer survivor.
Her cancer diagnosis and recovery encouraged her to be more focused on what makes her happy, and with whom and how she spends her time.
A celebrity chef, Lee promotes what she calls "Semi-Homemade" cooking, using a mix of prepackaged and fresh products in her recipes.Cuomo in a way that is different to the usual politician’s wife or partner.Her stamp of approval makes him more appealing, but she has been relatively low-key in her role as gubernatorial girlfriend until this past fall. Lee’s appearance in a campaign ad during the recent election cycle was unusual enough to draw comment, so absent has she been from her notional position as the state’s first lady. (Anthony Bourdain once called her food a “war crime.”) With her formidable wardrobe and powerful partner (the governor, Andrew Cuomo), Ms. Her “Semi-Homemade Cooking” empire is based on budget-friendly recipes beloved by working America, but disparaged by the culinary establishment.Lee has also been cutting a path in New York high-fashion circles—with mixed results.