Melissa Lee launched Cooking Beautifulee with the mission to create a community of food folks across the globe, coming together to celebrate food, cultures, and curiosities. We dive deep into each dish, exploring the origins and inspiration. We showcase chefs near and far. And, we share creations for all to enjoy. Thanks for joining us.
Where will you start?
We write about what we talk about all day long: food! From new legislation to quirky stories, we cover it all. Spoiler alert: reading this may make you hungry.
We share recipes from our friends of Cooking Beautifulee with a focus on New American cuisine. Blending traditions old and new, we encourage our guest chefs to share their inspiration, source accessible ingredients, and share recipes that can be cooked in 60 minutes or less. With these recipes, you’ll be empowered to try new approaches to classic dishes and create some memories along the way.
At the end of the day, food is fun. Creating a new dish is an opportunity to create a new memory. We’re cultivating a community and we invite you to join us. Be sure to tag #Cookedbeautifullee on social media to share your creations.
We don’t all have the opportunity to savor sashimi in Tokyo or taste pesto from Genoa. So, we bring the food stories from near and far. Embracing different cultural backgrounds, we create dig deeper into the origins of New American cuisine and the traditions that have traveled across countries and cultures.
Food is what nourishes us. It’s what sustains us. So, we dive deeper, looking at all of the ways ingredients can aid our body, our mind, and our spirits.
We will do our part to leverage this platform to inspire responsible actions. Now more than ever, we’re looking carefully at the best ways to support local businesses and Chef-driven independent restaurants. This is a journey and our motto is “progress not perfection,” and we’re glad you’re here with us!
Meet our CEO
Melissa Lee founded Cooking Beautifulee with a mission to cultivate a community of curious, cross-cultural food folks. She calls herself “Chief Entertainment Officer,” and those of us who have met Melissa know that food and family are just about the only things she’s serious about. Melissa is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), where she worked as a food writer. She’s also worked alongside renowned chefs like Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang, honing her craft and gathering stories along the way. Part story-teller, part educator, and part food lover, Melissa brings a special blend of experience, skill, and enthusiasm to her work. She blends her Asian background, her new home of New England, and love of food and culture to bring joy, optimism, and inspiration to food lovers and fun-seekers everywhere. When she’s not working, she’s usually visiting Boston’s hot spots or spending time with her two children. Want to know even more about Melissa? Follow along her journey @cookingbeautifulee.