After over 25 years in the food business, Randi Lee opened his own restaurant, Leland Eating and Drinking House with his fiancee Jeanette. However, the entrepreneur’s to-be-wife didn’t quite share his passion for food and was relatively new to the industry. This posed quite a dilemma for the to-be-married pair and it’s all featured on Me or the Menu.
Learn more about him as this Randi Lee Bio proceeds.
Randi Lee On Me Or The Menu
Unlike other food shows which focus more on the menu than the owners, Food Network’s Me or the Menu featured the couples, throwing them headfirst into the world of owning and running a restaurant.
As if making a marriage work wasn’t hard enough, adding the stress of being restaurateurs — they were definitely walking on thin ice! Just as the trailer questioned the show’s journey for these couples “The perfect pairing or a recipe for disaster?”
Likewise, Randi was having quite a few troubles of his own while running Leland Eating and Drinking House with his fiancee. The couple initially planned to open Leland in February 2020. But then, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down New York City, and they officially started on Dec. 10, 2020. “It took almost a year to build and fine-tune. We then three days after opening had to close indoor dining. That was definitely a pivot,” Randi recalled.
And even after the opening, the duo had a hard time finding staff. “Staffing was so hard, not only finding people but finding the right people,” the star explained. Plus, with constantly having to shift with new laws and regulations, thanks to COVID, Jeanette was ready to take a step back after putting thousands of her own money into the restaurant and filling in different roles to help keep Leland going. This put Randi under a lot of pressure.
Joining Randi and Jeanette for the inaugural season of Me or the Menu were their co-stars — Kathleen and Nate (owners of an Italian cuisine food truck), Nicole and Alan (owners of Greenios, a vegan burger restaurant), and Jessica and James (owners of Bocadillo Market).
Are Randi Lee And Jeanette Zinno Married Yet?
It’s unclear if Randi Lee and Jeanette Zinno are married yet or not.
The duo first met back in October 2008. Soon falling in love, a decade passed by in a blink of an eye and they took their relationship to the next level. But before they got married, the lovebirds wanted their career secured. So, Jeanette pushed Randi to open his own restaurant, which was also his lifelong dream.
“That was his dream, to open a bar and restaurant. That was just the right timing in general, it was a time in our lives and careers, so I told him, ‘This is your time, you should do it now.’” Jeanette recalled.
Moreover, she even put her career as a travel writer on hold and helped Randi with the aesthetics. “It was really fun for me because I have no restaurant background, I get to care about the vibe. Food was more of Randi’s department, I was caring more about how it feels when you walk in,” she explained.
However, exactly 11 months after opening the restaurant, Jeanette wanted out! She didn’t care much about the $70,000 of her own money in the eatery. But she promised to patiently wait for their wedding until Randi could earn enough to pay back the investors.
Randi Lee Age
Randi Lee was 47 years of age when he appeared on Me or the Menu in 2022.
He was one of the oldest cast that season, and probably the most experienced one.
Did you know: Randi’s real name is Randall C Lee.
Randi Lee Height
Randi Lee stands tall at a height above 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm).
Is Randi Lee On Instagram?
Yes, find Randi on Instgram @randivin.
Also, here’s his Twitter @Randivin.
Randi Lee Family
Randi Lee is close to his family; especially his father, David Lee. The father-son often were spotted together dining or sharing a drink at celebrations.
Also, the star was equally close to his brother Jerry Lee who once graced Randi’s IG after watching a soccer game together.
Besides them, Randi’s other family members include Sara Baysinger, and James W Lee (born: March 1943),
Randi Lee Career
Randi Lee has been in the hospitality business for over 25 years. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, the star worked a few jobs until he found himself as the hospitality manager at Del Posto in 2005. The next year, he then went on to become the general manager of The Spotted Pig and worked there for 5 long years.
In 2011, Randi landed a job as a draftsman and project manager at DMS Designs. And the very next year, he went on to become the director of operations at The Smile where he worked for 6 years.
Finally, in Feb 2019, Randi then announced himself to be the president of Leland Eating and Drinking House, which only opened a year and a half later. The last we checked, Leland offered snacks, baked goods, veg and nonveg items, and cocktails.
When Is Randi Lee Birthday?
Randi celebrates his birthday on August 7 and is of the Leo zodiac.
Where Is Randi Lee From?
Randi hails from Lake Oswego, OR.
So far, he’s lived in places including Chicago, and NY.
How Much Is Randi Lee Net Worth?
By 2022, Randi garnered a net worth of under $500 thousand.