Established 1991, New York

Established 1991, New York

About Cater Madeline

Cater Madeline is located in the Flatiron District (4 W 22nd Street, just off of 5th Avenue). We specialize in “on” and “off” premise catering for all types of events. We’re a sister company to Sagaponack, a restaurant/event venue. Please call or e-mail us with any inquiries. We look forward to serving you in the near future!

Chef’s BIO

Franco Lee


Born and raised in a small South Korean town, Franco Lee dreamt of being a chef since he was 19 years old. To work towards that goal, Franco worked six to seven days a week for many years, often afflicted with battle wounds from knives to grill marks on his arm.

Franco’s journey from dishwasher to executive chef was demanding, to say the least. His initiation into the restaurant industry as a dishwasher required balancing work with school, as he simultaneously studied Philosophy at a nearby state university. Managing time for both work and school was difficult, but Franco never lost his passion. He was promoted to line cook, and his dynamic experiences in the kitchen motivated him to enroll and study at the French Culinary Institute for its culinary arts program. Franco drastically improved his culinary skills as well as his ability to lead the kitchen, ultimately leading to his appointment as executive chef of NeueHouse.

Chefs Morimoto, Marcus Samuelson, Amanda Freitag – these three prestigious chefs in New York deeply influenced Franco and helped him develop a real flair for cooking, while their enthusiasm encouraged him to be a proud chef full of passion. Chef Ariki Omae, a mentor from past to present, also played a significant role in Franco’s mindset as a chef; he had the most influence on Franco’s philosophy to respect each and every ingredient and to allow the imagination of a passionate chef to fully express itself on the plate.



Located in the Flatiron District

(4 W 22nd Street, btwn 5th & 6th Avenue)

Phone: 212.229.2226

Fax: 212.229.2227

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