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Next Food Network Star Debbie Lee Bares Her Seoul at BREADBAR

Lee's Housemade Kimchee

BREADBARLee's Housemade Kimchee

A finalist from Food Network's The Next Food Network Star is popping up in LA. No, not Melissa D'Arabian. We're talking about Debbie Lee, who is cooking up her version of soot jeep - think Korean-inspired pub grub - at BREADBAR's Third Street location until Saturday, April 10.

Lee's limited-time SeoulTown tapas menu, reflecting a modern take on traditional Korean dishes, was inspired by her Korean heritage and Southern upbringing. Lee is serving up dishes like robata-style skewers, kimchee ramen and pork and potato stew, bacon shortbread and sesame doughnuts - starting at $8/plate - every Tuesday through Saturday night for the next three weeks.

This is Lee's second guest chef appearance in BREADBAR's kitchen; her first was during the bakery-bistro's Hatchi Guest Chef Series in 2009. And if all goes according to Lee's plan, dishes from her SeoulTown tapas menu will also be on the menu at her own Korean-style pub, tentatively scheduled to open in late 2010.

Debbie Lee

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Breadbar: 8718 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles; (310) 205-0124.

Christie Bishop can also be found food blogging at PardonMyCrumbs.com.