Katie Lee Biography

Katherine Katie Lee is popular American chef, cookbook author, novelist and television food critic. She is also known as a former wife of Billy Joel, an American singer-songwriter and pianist.

Katie was born on September 14, 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia, United States to parents Kim Becker and Steve Lee. She was raised in Milton, West Virginia. Lee started cooking at early age of four, under the guidance of her grandmother Dora. Using fresh vegetables from family’s garden and meat from their own cattle and pig farms, Lee early learned the value of seasonal, nutritious ingredients.

Yet, not much is known about Katie Lee early life and family. There is no much details about her childhood in her Wikipedia bio. She does have her wiki page though.

For Katie, cooking has always been a way of life. It doesn’t surprise, then, that she made a successful business out of it.

Education and Career

Lee studied food science and journalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated in 2003. While at university, Katie spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy at the British Institute.


Katie Lee (2009)

After graduation, she worked in numerous restaurants before the brilliant idea to create culinary website struck her mind in 2005.  In July 2005, Katie Lee created the food website OliveAndPeach.com with her business partner Aleishall Girard. The web site stopped updating in September 2006.

In 2006, she hosted the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef. After a negative critical reception to Katie, Bravo replaced her with Padma Lakshmi. Nevertheless, she later returned as a guest judge on Top Chef All Stars.

Katie’s first cookbook, The Comfort Table, was published by Simon & Schuster. In October 2009, the same publisher released her second cookbook The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions.

Apart from cookbooks, Lee started writing novels a few years ago. In 2011 she published her first novel, Groundswell, about a woman recovering from divorce who finds the healing power of surfing.

Katie’s latest book “Endless Summer Cookbook”, was recently released.

She is currently the co-host of ‘The Kitchen’ on Food Network.

Apart from her culinary and literary adventures, Katie Lee sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America and is an active support for 96 Elephants. Whenever she is not working or volunteering, Lee enjoys surfing, traveling and playing with her dog, Fionula.


Katie Lee

Recently Katie Lee appeared on Elvis Duran Show, where she was promoting her cooking channel.

Katie Lee Net Wort and Income

Katie Lee net worth is unofficially estimated to be $10 million, but the exact figures are not known. Her culinary business is growing and she is gaining worldwide popularity, that’s for sure.

Furthermore, her divorce settlement with Billy Joel brought Lee a luxury townhome in New York and apparently sold it for $11.65 million in 2011. Her own luxury home in Hamptons was sold for $6.5 million as well.

Partner and Family

Katherine Lee became known to the wider public for her marriage and later divorce from popular musician Billy Joel. Joel is famous American pianist and singer and songwriter. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man”, in 1973, he has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

Katie and Billy Joel met at the rooftop bar party at the Peninsula hotel in New York City. They were dating for a year and then decided to get married. Wedding ceremony was held at Joel’s home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York on October 2, 2004. Billy Joel’s daughter from his marriage to Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, served as maid of honor.


Katie Lee with her ex-husband Billy Joel

After five years of marriage, Katie Lee and Billy Joel separated in 2009 and divorced in 2010. Lee has no children and her name wasn’t linked to any important affairs so far. She is very active on social media, but doesn’t share much on her personal life with her followers.

Katie resides in the Hamptons and Tribeca.

Katie Lee Age

Lee is 35 years old. She was born on September 14, 1981, in Huntington, West Virginia, in United States.

Height and Weight

Lee’s height s reported to be 1.7 m, while her height remains a secret for her fans and followers. As it can be seen from the pictures she regularly posts on her Instagram and Twitter accounts, she is in top form, regardless of the fact that she is always surrounded with the tons of the delicious food. Katie’s heir color is brown and she has brown eyes.


Katie Lee in bikini

Is Katie Lee Lesbian?

Although is hard to find information on Katie dating somebody right now, it is well-known fact that she has three marriages behind. She has never been reported to be involved in bisexual or same sex relationship and doesn’t seem to be lesbian.

Ethnicity and Nationality

Lee was born in the United States, therefore she holds American citizenship and nationality. Her ethnicity is white.

Biography & Facts
Born: September 14. 1981.
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White
Religion: N/A
Profession: Author / Cook
Net Worth: N/A
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Light brown
Height: 1.7 m
Weight: N/A
Married to: Billy Joel (2004-2010)
Affair with: N/A
Children: No
Birth Sign: Virgo
Education: Miami University

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