Richard Lee’s culinary career did not begin particularly auspiciously. His first full-time job in foodservice was as a pasta cook at Rocco’s on 22nd Street in New York, the ill-fated joint venture between celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow that was created for a reality TV show and closed shortly after the end of the series.But Lee quit before that happened and found his way to Geisha, a high-end Japanese-inspired restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, where he ...

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