Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval Names Neiman Lee as Chef de Cuisine at Zengo

Chef de Cuisine Neiman Lee

From our friends at Zengo...

Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval is pleased to announce the appointment of Neiman Lee as the new chef de cuisine of his Latin-Asian inspired restaurant, Zengo, located in the heart of Chinatown at 781 7th Street, NW. Chef Lee brings a diverse range of experience to the restaurant’s kitchen this season. Born and raised in South Korea, Lee's passion is creating authentic, globally inspired dishes.

Lee began his culinary career in South Korea at the five-star Kolon Hotel in Gyeongji, before graduating from Keimyung College University in Daegu. Upon graduation, Lee accepted a position as a hot station sous chef at the Broi Restaurant within the Ariana Hotel in Dae-Gu, South Korea. In 2006, he joined the South Korean National Army where he was responsible for the preparation and management for the daily meals and banquets for 1,800 soldiers. After serving two years in the army, Lee accepted a position as head chef of the three-star Anyjoy Western Contemporary Cuisine in Dae-Gu.

In 2009, Lee relocated to the United States and held a number of culinary positions at a variety of restaurants including the Sinobi Japanese and Korean Fusion Restaurant and Big Y Restaurant Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania, and at The Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Looking to further his culinary knowledge, he enrolled in the International Culinary Center in New York City where Lee earned a culinary arts degree in 2015. Upon graduation, Lee served as senior sous chef at Zuma, known for its modern Japanese cuisine, before he accepted the position as chef de cuisine of Zengo in June 2016.

Zengo, located at 781 7th Street, NW, is situated directly next to the Gallery Place/Chinatown H Street Metro entrance accessible on the red, yellow and green lines. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 12 AM. A late night menu is available Friday and Saturday from 10 PM to close, exclusively in the Lounge. Weekend brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 393-2929 or visit

About Richard Sandoval Restaurants:
Richard Sandoval Restaurants (RSR) is a leading restaurant group founded by Mexican-born chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Based in Colorado, RSR is known for offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience. This internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group successfully owns and operates over 45 restaurants around the globe. Spanning from California to New York, Colorado to Florida, Nevada to Virginia and Arizona to Washington, DC - as well as Dubai, Mexico, Qatar and Tokyo, Chef Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach and passion for introducing Latin cuisine to the world continues to inspire him to combine authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques. He specializes in creating one-of-a-kind concepts and cuisines that include modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin. For a complete list of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, menus or more information, please visit