Established 1991, New York
Born and raised in a small town from South Korea, Franco Lee, an extraordinary rising chef in the restaurant business focusing on catering in New York City, has developed a dream to be a chef since he was 19 years-old standing up all day working six to seven days a week with occasional battle wounds from a knife to grill marks on his arm.
The journey from a dishwasher to executive chef was most definitely not a walk in the park. His initiation into the restaurant as a dishwasher had to go side by side majoring in philosophy at a state university – it’s not easy, but a growing desire led him to set a goal in his life inspired by reading more various cook books. Being promoted to catering attendant and line cook with dynamic experiences in kitchen motivated him to enroll into French Culinary Institute for their culinary arts program. With surprisingly improved skills and developed potential ability to interact with crews, he imprinted his achievement as standing up an executive chef of NeueHouse.
Morimoto, Marcus Samuelson, and Amanda Freitag- The prestigious chef in New York made him develop a real flair for cook and their enthusiasm encourage him to be a proud chef with passion. Chef Ariki Omae, a mentor from past to present, played a significant role in Franco’s attitude of mind as a cook and is still his role model having the most influence on philosophy –respecting each and every ingredient and allowing an imagination to fully express as a passionate chef on the plate.
Martin Scott Wines is grateful to Franco Lee and Sagaponack NYC for catering our lunches during our wine tastings and sales meetings. His staff pays close attention to every detail, including accommodating very specific requests and providing us meals that are gluten free and vegan. We all enjoy the wonderfully prepared garden salads using fresh ingredients and of course we couldn't conclude a meeting without the crowd pleasing cookie tray filled with brownies and lemon bars. I would highly recommend Sagaponack for any corporate event.
They never get tired of their Sandwiches/wraps, w/pasta, the amazing Mediterranean Selection and the #1 favorite Mexican selection and desert!!! I can go on with so many others! I can not leave out the Beautiful and kind staff at Madeline's they never fail me and always make sure that I am happy customer which I always am :) I appreciate and love them all! Get ready Madeline's, it's that time again for us at Mondani so I will be placing my order for Market next week! xo
Over the past 11 years I have been ordering delicious food from Madeline's Catering for our company Mondani Handbags. They never disappoint us and always have done an unbelievable job with every order that I have placed. Their menu has a fabulous selection with delicious healthy food and the food is always perfectly prepared warm or cold and beautifully presented. I work for a wholesale women's apparel company and we deal with the Market week trad shows 4x out of the year. which is big for us and have lots of buyers visit us at those times. That's when Madeline's catering saves the day with their delicious breakfast and lunches that I order. Our appointments and my employees are always impressed with the incredible job they do and always asks me to order certain selections over and over again :)
We had a very successful two day conference packed with investors and CEOs from around the globe thanks in a large part to the outstanding efforts by Madeline. We had a number of last minute adjustments and increases and the team from Madeline helped ensure that everything was taken care of and went smoothly. The food was delicious and the presentation was displayed beautifully. I highly recommend working with Madeline, we had a great experience and look forward to working with them again in the future. Valor Capital.
When Rise was looking for a catering partner we were clear that we wanted a business where the founder was closely involved and geared towards delivering a wide range of high quality products. In working with Franco and Madeline's we have found that perfect balance between passion, product and delivery and would not consider anyone else.
(4 W 22nd Street, btwn 5th & 6th Avenue)