Chef Christopher Lee appeared on the CW network’s pilot of “Gossip Girl.” In the episode, he is seen serving two of the main characters their usual $50 grilled cheese sandwich with very expensive black winter truffles, fontina cheese and wild arugula salad.Here’s that recipe, along with a heavenly smoked tomato soup recipe to round out the meal.
“The Gossip Grill” grilled cheese
Smoked tomato soup with spicy crème fraiche
Chef Christopher Lee grabbed national attention as the executive chef at the Striped Bass in Philadelphia, captured the James Beard “2005 Rising Star Chef of the Year” award and was named one of “Food & Wine” magazine’s Best New Chefs for 2006, as well as Philadelphia Magazine’s “2005 Chef of the Year” and Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Four Star Rating” in 2006. But in the autumn of 2006, the Long Island native returned to his New York roots to take the helm at Gilt Restaurant in the New York Palace Hotel.