Santa Barbara Style Surf n Turf

Chef Lee Abbott’s Tri-Tip and citrus Santa Barbara Spot Prawns with Rosé Wine Ancho Chili Reduction Sauce paired with Altaneve Rosé Prosecco.

Created exclusively for Basil & Salt Magazine, the burst of coastal Ranch and Sea flavors matched with Altaneve Rosé Prosecco bubbles creates the perfect pairing.

You can find the recipe and method inside our printed September issue of Basil & Salt Magazine. Subscribe here.


Lee Lovin WineCook…Wine Lover…Adventurist
Lee Abbott embodies the flavor of the California coastal lifestyle ­ big, bold, sexy. Just a few of his experiences include, pro water skier,  sharing Tuac rice moonshine with the Iban tribe of headhunters in Borneo,  growing up riding horses and motocross, Lee Abbott lives his motto every day… TASTE LIFE.

Lee set out on his career path at the early age of 7 cleaning­up for his neighbor the butcher, and when The Country Meat Market moved into BBQ and Catering, Lee evolved with the business.

By 20 he was cooking 3 meals a day for 20 hungry pro water skiers at a Training Center in Florida. Returning to his California roots, he studied History and Art History at UCLA. While breaking into Hollywood, he did more than his share of waiting tables, tending bar and became a celebrity personal trainer. The first private dinner party he personally catered, included Herb Ritts and Madonna as guests.

“Name a great day in your life.” says Lee, “And I bet it ended with a fabulous meal shared with special people.”

In 2016, Lee showcased his amazing chops on Food Network’s All­Star Academy. 25,000
people applied, 9 Contestants made the show, and it came down to one final plate. It was a once in a lifetime boot­camp with his all­star mentor Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who gave Lee high praise saying “Lee is an emotional cook just like me.” Lee became the series big hearted audience favorite ­ but was narrowly edged out in the very final dish.

Lee calls his food style ­ California Soul. He is a 7th Generation Californian who was born and raised on a ranch by the sea in Santa Barbara, and his bright flavors are inspired from Harbor to Vineyard. Lee Abbott is here to TASTE LIFE…with California Soul.


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