||Katie Lee Joel
|Date of Birth
||September 14, 1981
|Place of Birth
||Huntington, West Virginia
Since graduating, Joel was a TV restaurant critic for PBS' healthy lifestyles and cooking TV series, George Hirsch: Living It UP!Joel has worked in several restaurants and gourmet food and wine stores. In 2003, she helped to open Jeff and Eddy’s Restaurant where she served as the house fishmonger.In July 2005, Joel created the foodie website OliveAndPeach.com with partner Aleishall Girard. The web site ceased updating in September 2006.
In 2006, she hosted the first season of Bravo's Top Chef. Critical reception to Joel's hosting style was less than enthusiastic, however, with many viewers citing her lack of culinary credibility and monotonic delivery as detrimental to the enjoyability of the show.As such, Bravo producers decided to replace her with a more lively Padma Lakshmi in an effort to boost ratings and bolster viewer reception.Joel's first cookbook, The Comfort Table was published by Simon & Schuster.
Joel occasionally appears on Extra as a special correspondent. She is a contributing editor to Gotham magazine, and her culinary and lifestyle column, "Katie's Kitchen," is published weekly in its sister magazine Hamptons.Joel has also appeared on Paula's Party, Martha, Today, The Early Show, and Fox News. During 2007, she was a judge on Iron Chef America.
Joel has been featured in publications like People, In Style, Life and Style, Celebrity Living, and The New York Dog Magazine.Joel sits on the council of Chefs for Humanity, a group that provides humanitarian aid worldwide and she is also a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an organization that educates and mentors women in the culinary profession.Joel recently appeared on WineLibraryTV with Gary Vaynerchuk on May 8th 2009.