American chef and television personality Katie Lee Joel made headlines after marrying Grammy award winning singer Billy Joel in 2004. She becomes the famous musician's third wife after he divorced from actress Christie Brinkley in 1994. The wedding earned much notice due to their age gap. At the time, Katie was 23 years old while Billy was 55.
A television restaurant critic for PBS's “George Hirsch: Living It UP!,” Katie progressed to become a host on the first season of Bravo's “Top Chef” in 2006. Her stint in the show, however, proved brief. She was replaced by Padma Lakshmi. Katie has appeared in TV talk-shows like “Paula's Party,” “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee” and “Rachael Ray.”
Also an author, Katie published a cookbook in 2008 titled “The Comfort Table.” She has been a contributing editor at Gotham magazine and has penned a weekly culinary and lifestyle column for the Hamptons called “Katie's Kitchen.”
Joel is on the council of Chefs for Humanity, a group that supplies humanitarian aid worldwide. She also becomes a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an organization that trains and mentors women in the cooking profession.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Steve Lee, Katherine Lee, who would later popular as Katie Lee Joel, was born on September 14, 1981, in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in English and Journalism, and spent a semester overseas in Florence, Italy at The British Institute. She is a former member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
On October 2, 2004, Katherine, whose nicknamed are Kate and Kathy, was married to popular musician Billy Joel, who is 32 years her senior. At their wedding ceremony that was held in Billy's home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, singer/pianist Alexa Ray Joel (born on December 29, 1985) served as maid of honor. Alexa is Billy's daughter from second wife Christie Brinkley (together from 1985 to 1994).
Currently, Katie and her husband reside in New York City. They keep two dogs as their pets. Katie enjoys spending time traveling and in her organic garden.
Katie Lee Joel began her career with PBS after completing university. She served as a TV food critic for the network's healthy lifestyles and cooking series, “George Hirsch: Living It UP!.” Also a chef, she has worked in a number of restaurants and gourmet food and wine stores. In 2003, she found herself helping to start Jeff and Eddy's Restaurant in which she held the post as the house fishmonger.
Two years later, in July 2005, Katie made a gourmet website named OliveAndPeach.com with partner Aleishall Girard. The site, however, stopped updating in September 2006.
Also in July 2005, Katie appeared in an episode of “Extra: The Entertainment Magazine,” along side Max Shapiro.
The West Virginia native branched out to hosting a year later when she was recruited to host the first season of Bravo's cooking series, “Top Chef.” However, due to poor reception from audiences, she was subsequently replaced by Padma Lakshmi.
On September 7, 2007, Katie was one of two guests in “Paula's Party,” a cooking/chat show hosted by Paula Deen. She was again invited to the show later in January 2008. 2007 also saw Katie serve as judge on “Iron Chef America.”
Katie released her first cookbook, “The Comfort Table,” in 2008. It was published by Simon & Schuster. She also has written for Hamptons magazine, Gotham and the Huffington Post. Her culinary and lifestyle column, “Katie's Kitchen,” can be featured weekly in Hamptons.
Katie appeared in an episode of “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee” that was broadcast on April 17, 2008. Later, in November 2008, she appeared in the talk show “Rachael Ray.”
In addition to her TV performance, Katie has been featured in several publications like In Style, Celebrity Living, People, Life and Style, and The New York Dog Magazine.