Meet Bonjwing Lee, a Kansas City native, who has co-authored a cookbook with Megan and Colby Garrelts of Bluestem (due out in November) and is ready to figure out his next career after leaving the legal profession in January.
The article covers the decision to start the Ulterior Epicure and how Lee ended up partnering with the Garrelts. He tells Eater about becoming a regular at their restaurant and the genesis of Bluestem, The Cookbook:
I ended up telling him [Colby Garrelts] that he should write a cookbook, because no other Kansas City chef has ever really written a cookbook; his cooking was interesting and good enough that he should, so I nagged him about it for three years. He never did anything about it, so I just let it go. But then, six months later, he called me up after the publisher Andrews McMeel had approached him.
It's nice to see someone from Kansas City driving the national conversation for a change. So here's to Mr. Lee for helping raise the culinary profile of this city.