Meet The Chef

Meet the chefs that will be participating at this year’s Good Taste Atlanta. Stay tuned for a new chef highlight every week leading up to the event.

About the Chef:

Timmy Lee is of Chinese descent and born in Korea but moved to the Atlanta area when he was just a year old. Lee attended Buford schools, living most of his life in the Gwinnett County area.

Culinary Background/Training:
Lee’s family has been in the restaurant business in the Greater Atlanta area since 1974 with the Golden Buddha restaurants in Decatur and Buckhead and Mo Mo Ya Japanese restaurants in Buckhead and Buford. Lee was formally trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta and was the head chef at Grapes and Hops Bar & Bistro in Flowery Branch before starting up Señor Buddha Global Grill in Lawrenceville. He’s always wanted to take his French classical training and apply it to other parts of the food world.

Favorite Culinary Memory:
During his second trip to Asia when he was 15, Lee got to tour Japan, Korea, and China and got to experience so many different good food spots from fine dining to street fod. Truly realized the world is a much bigger place with so many different foods to try.

What I’ll be Tasting at Good Taste GWINNETT:
Korean Style Beef Bulgogi on flat bread; Thai Chili Shrimp; and Spicy Fried Rice & Steam Rice Bowls with all the toppings.

Fun Fact:
Lee’s middle name is “Bruce” - Timmy “Bruce Lee”

On MY Bucket List:
As a dream job, he would like to host a TV show, like the television series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, where he can travel the world tasting different foods. Lee says “I’ll eat anything once...I’m an ambitious eater”. .

About the Restaurant:
Señor Buddha Global Grill restaurant is a fast casual ‘fusion joint” specializing in different flavor combos. They strive to offer new menu items and always have weekly specials.

860 Duluth Hwy Ste.1050, Visit