"I'm a cook, not a chef, and I really have absolutely no idea what I'm doing," Tommy Lee tells Lori Midson in this week's Chef and Tell interview. But he does it well enough that Uncle, his noodle bar in LoHi, just won our Best New Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2013.
But does he owe that award to another restaurant? See also: - Chef and Tell with Tommy Lee - Review: Tommy Lee's Highland noodle shop will bowl you over - Best New Restaurant 2013: Uncle
"I spent some time in New York and went to Momofuku three times in five days, and it was the best example I'd seen of modernizing the kind of food I grew up with, and I felt like something like that could work in Denver," so I bought David's cookbook and followed the recipes exactly, found the same napkin/chopstick holders, similar decor and called it Momo I mean Uncle.
Plagiarism at its finest!!!
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Have you eaten at Uncle? Is it a Denver original, or a Colorado copycat of Momofuku? And if the food is great, does it matter? Post your thoughts below -- and watch for the second installment of Tommy Lee's Chef and Tell interview later this morning.