In a packed auditorium at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center, contributing editors for"Travel + Leisure" Matt and Ted Lee, dished on down-home cooking and explained their favorite recipes from their latest cook book "The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern."
The brothers also revealed President Obama's favorite dessert thanks to a visit to the White House earlier that day. Visiting their longtime foodie friend Bill Yosses, who just so happens to be President Obama's pastry chef, the Lee brothers got the dish on how Obama likes to end his meal.
"President Obama loves pies," said Matt Lee, recalling his conversation with Yosses inside the White House. "And I asked, 'What kind of pies does he like -- fruit pies or buttermilk pies?' And he said, 'Buttermilk pies!'"
Although the brothers were born up North, they honed their skills in Charleston, tweaking Southern-style recipes and creating one-of-a-kind dishes. One of their stand-out recipes, Chocolate Grits Ice Cream, is a favorite of celebrity chef Paula Deen.
The pair's latest cookbook may have been recently nominated for a pretigious James Beard Award, at least one sibling still favors eating basic Southern staples. Ted's favorite meal is chitterlings. But Matt may have strayed from his roots by professing his love of artichoke dip.
"I'm not sure if it's Southern though," he joked.