Thomas Lee was born in Ipoh, a town in Malaysia renowned for its cuisine, and he has brought the authentic Ipoh Flavour to Melbourne at Chef Lagenda. After 11 years cooking Chinese cuisine in Malaysia, Thomas moved to Melbourne in 1986 and joined a Malaysian chef at Malaysia, where he spent four years refining his skills in cooking traditional Malaysian hawker-style food. Following this, Thomas worked as head chef at many restaurants in Melbourne, including Mandarin Club and Tanah Ria. In 2001 Thomas took his expertise in Malaysian cuisine to Taiwan, where he spent two years as executive chef, manager and consultant to two restaurants in Taipei.
On returning to Melbourne in 2003, Thomas' passion for Malaysian food continued and he established his own business at Victoria Gardens in Richmond.