Memoirs of a Chef & Restaurant Critic

Lee Klein served as the restaurant reviewer for Miami New Times for 14 years. He currently writes for Ocean Drive Magazine and has written for Bon Appetit,The Miami Herald, Boca Raton MagazineVariety, and the New York Daily News.

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 04:30
Orca Beans

My greatest culinary creation came about only because I fell victim to an enthusiastic bean salesman from Oregon.

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 04:00
Pickled Watermelon Rind In Jar

My time as chef of Randall Gottier Catering was about more than just snarky Randall and pickled watermelon rind.

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 04:30
The Foie Gras Terrine That Never Materialized, photo by lee klein

A trip with my wife to the south of France, with a stopover in Paris, promised unfathomable culinary delights. Sadly, things didn't work out as planned.

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 04:30
Selfie Across From New York Delicatessen, photo by lee klein

How I lied my way into a counterman job at the New York Delicatessen in Boulder, Colorado, and my subsequent transformation into the grotesquely fearsome and bloody Onion Man.

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 19:24
Sign In San Francisco Shop Window, photo by lee klein

After some four decades spent in the food business, I figure it’s time to start jotting a few memories down.