David Lee, Owner and Executive Chef
Born in England, and heavily influenced by his French and Haka background, David Lee is the third generation in a family line of Chefs. Since the age of 17, David has worked at a number of Michelin star and famed international establishments, such as Relais & Chateaux at Hotel Fleur du Lac in Switzerland, and Anton Mosimann’s eponymous restaurant.
At age 24, David moved to Canada and was hired as the chef de cuisine for Centro, before acquiring Splendido with partners. During David’s time at Splendido, he had the distinguished opportunity of cooking at the James Beard House.
In August 2008, David opened Nota Bene, which became an instant success and was quickly awarded “Best New Restaurant” by both Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine. One year after opening Nota Bene, David was named the winner of the Toronto edition Gold Metal Plate in 2009. He has since become the sole owner of Nota Bene, re-launching the restaurant with a brand-new look, concept and menu, in February 2016.
David’s work has led him across the globe to expand his knowledge and craft. He has travelled throughout North America, Europe and Asia for food research that has inspired new menus and projects.