Nisa is a self-taught chef beginning at the age of seven where she learned to cook traditional Thai dishes for her family. As Nisa grew, so did her palate constantly trying new cuisines and experimenting with new flavors. Now her eclectic cuisine is inspired by exotic locales from around the globe and often plans menus with Thai, Asia, Moroccan, Cajun, Spanish or even Caribbean influence.
Born in Khonkaen, Thailand, Nisa immigrated to the United States with her family as a toddler speaking no English. Nisa grew up in the Bronx and in Yonkers and later graduated from SUNY Stonybrook on Long Island. She initially pursued a career in banking working for Chase Manhattan Bank and later Siam Commercial Bank before switching to non-profit work where she rose to Director of Special Events with the March of Dimes. In 2002, Nisa started Thai at Home, a personal chef service to provide dinners for busy families in the Pelham area. Within a month Nisa had over 40 clients. Soon after, clients began asking for dinner and cocktail parties, weddings, corporate and benefits which became the genesis for Nisa Lee Events.
Nisa Lee Events, which provides extraordinary design, event planning and culinary services for weddings, private parties, benefit and corporate events for exclusive clientele anywhere around the country.Nisa has planned over 800 events, and is equally renowned for her remarkable creative vision in the culinary, planning and design aspects of her events as she is for her passionate personality, style and grace when dealing with clients. Well known in the celebrity circuit, Nisa has worked with clients like Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, Paul McCartney, Hillary Clinton, Justin Beiber, and America Ferrara among many others.
Nisa has been recognized as one of the top caterers in the New York metropolitan area by Westchester Magazine and has been featured in the New York Times and Brides Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Brides offering her expertise and advice to readers, and was named actress Vanessa Williams’ “favorite chef” in People Magazine.For more information visit www.nisalee.com.
Nisa now resides in Pelham Manor, New York with her four children, Samantha, Audrey, Olivia and Cole and husband Duncan, a former banker who helps her run the company focusing on marketing and advertising. An avid yogi and runner, Nisa has completed the NYC marathon twice.