Lee Curtiss

The Visionquest don from Detroit delves into his culinary delights


A record that always reminds you of Ibiza

Sammy and Warf, ‘Crystal Dreams’. My friend picked this record up over 15 years ago when I was living in West Michigan. It said, ‘Produced Under the Ibiza Sun’ on the record. It made me dream of what the life must be like on the island.

Your perfect breakfast would be…

Depends on the night I’ve had before. I don’t normally eat much for breakfast, I’m a big lunch person. If I’ve had a long night though, there’s nothing like corn beef hash and eggs for me. It’s not the healthiest, but it does help a hangover, if promptly followed by a nap.


The most unusual thing I have ever eaten…

I’ve had some weird sushi before. Some things I can’t pronounce or properly identify. I love sushi, but I’ve had some that was too far out there.

The dish that reminds me of my childhood

Chocolate Chip Cookies. My great grandmother made the best ones I’ve ever had. I am still on a hunt for ones as good as she made.


Who taught you to cook?

My grandfather, my uncle and my brother were big influences. My friends and I have always been interested in food,and I’ve definitely learned a lot from everybody close to me in my life. I’ve taught myself a lot by reading, watching good cooking shows and experimenting in the kitchen.

Your favourite restaurants in your home city

In Chicago, (which isn’t my hometown, but where I lived for 3 years and love the food there) are…

Joe’s Seafood


Prime Steak


Roka Akor for sushi


Au Cheval for burgers


5 other restaurants from around the world you love

Fette Sau, Brooklyn, BBQ


Wahaca, London, Mexican


Tao, Las Vegas, Asian Fusion


Cafe Gratitude, Los Angeles, Vegan


Lima, London, Peruvian


A DJ or musician that has surprised you with their cooking skills…what did they cook?

I’ve been impressed by several of DJs cooking skills. Zev from Wolf and Lamb makes amazing vegetarian, health food. Seth Troxler makes great BBQ and Elliot Shaw makes the best homemade Italian food I’ve ever had.

Your guilty pleasure food. You know you shouldn’t but you always do…

Back to the chocolate chip cookies again. I try not to keep them in the house.

What is your signature dish?

I’ve got few good ones. I make a good BBQ chicken, ribeye steak and have gotten really into vegetarian Thai dishes.


If you could have a master-class with a celebrity chef, who’d you pick and why?

I’ve always liked the way Bobby Flay cooks. He uses the grill a lot, and does really interesting takes on American food with a Southwestern twist.


Dead or alive – 3 famous people you would invite around for dinner…

I think Jack Nickolson would be pretty entertaining. Prince and Bruce Lee.

A dish you have yet to master…

I haven’t mastered any of them yet. That’s the challenge with cooking, a chef or a musician never feels like they’ve mastered their craft.

Your favourite pizza topping


Your biggest ever food cock up

I think it was when I was a starving artist back in Michigan and broke. I got ingredients to make chili that was meant to last me the entire week. I poured WAY too much of this habanero sauce I just bought in it. It was so hot, it was nearly inedible and made for a very horrible week, and had to finish the pot or be hungry. It was a hard choice after day three.

A dish you just cannot stomach

Pate. Yuck.


You get in from the club pissed, dive in the fridge and usually come out with…?

A beer.

The most expensive meal you have ever had?

I’m fortunate to have promoters take me to the best restaurants in their cities, and am sure there’s been quite a few expensive meals, but I think one of the most expensive meals I’ve had was on my 1 year anniversary with my wife. We did a tasting menu at L’Ortlan in the UK with wine pairing. It wasn’t cheap.


The most disgusting thing you have ever eaten at a festival

There have been some very bad sausages and sandwiches at festivals in the UK. However, I’ve also had some great food too. Festival food is like a coin toss, you flip, and hope for the best.

The last time you used a cook book for a meal…

I actually have used the Jamie Oliver cookbooks a lot recently. I am impressed with the functionality and flavor of his recipes. I think it’s called 30 min meals. It gives you a great jump off point to make something quickly, and tweak a bit and add your own style too.


My favourite restaurants on the island…

Fish Shack is pretty amazing. C’an Pilot (below) is also good.


Sad thing is, that I went to so many over the last few years that I can’t remember their names, but could probably tell you where they are. That’s kind of the magic of the island. You can find so many hidden gems that you didn’t know where there, and may never make it back to.

The best sunset spot for a cold drink…

Poolside at your own villa.

Your favourite Ibiza dish

The fresh fish the fisherman deliver to the Fish Shack. Pretty simple, yet incredible.

The perfect 24 hours in Ibiza would be…

Trick question! Ibiza can’t be fully enjoyed in 24 hours! You need at least a few days to have a good party, nice food, and hit a few beaches.