Art Smith (chef)

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Art Smith (chef)
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Art Smith
Born (1960-03-01) March 1, 1960 (age 54)
Jasper, Florida
Education Florida State - Tallahassee
Culinary career
Cooking style Southern cuisine
Website
http://www.chefartsmith.net/

Charles Arthur "Art" Smith (born March 1, 1960)[1] is an American chef who has worked for former Florida governors Bob Graham and Jeb Bush and until 2007 was personal chef to Oprah Winfrey.[2] His expertise is Southern cuisine.

While attending Florida State University he completed culinary internships with The Greenbrier and the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program.[3]

Publications[edit]

Smith has authored three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family. He contributed recipes and cooking advice to The Spectrum, the newest book by ground-breaking cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Dean Ornish. He edits a monthly article on Oprah.com and contributes articles to O, The Oprah Magazine.[4] His latest cookbook, (released May 2013), Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort, has a focus on healthy cooking and healthy living, (published by Harper One 2013).

Projects[edit]

Common Threads[edit]

Smith founded the non-profit charity Common Threads, which focuses on teaching children about different cultures through food and art. Common Threads has served over 750 children and served 2,000 healthy meals to children in 2006. He serves on the board of directors of “Kids Café”, a nutrition program, for children in Minneapolis. Smith owns and runs a highly successful restaurant in Chicago called TABLE fifty-two as well as Art and Soul in Washington, D.C.[5][6] In 2009, Smith raised $10,000 for Common Threads as a participant on the television show Top Chef Masters, Season 1.[6][7]

Events[edit]

Smith has cooked for many celebrities and heads of state, including Barack Obama and the current King of Sweden.[8] In addition to being chef for Florida Governor Bob Graham, he cooked for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Romero Britto, film stars Ali Landry and Eduardo Verástegui amongst many others. He has also appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[9] Smith also appeared in a cooking segment in Lady Gaga's 2011 ABC special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving in which he and Gaga prepared a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and waffles. Months later, Smith became the head chef of Joanne Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in New York City owned by Lady Gaga's parents.[10] He was also a celebrity judge on the second season of the reality show BBQ Pitmasters.

Awards[edit]

Personal[edit]

Smith lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of ten years, Jesus Salgueiro, a painter. The two married at the Lincoln Memorial in 2011. They donate their time to many causes, from children's cooking classes to humanitarian aid.[13]

Shortly before his 50th birthday, Smith was diagnosed with diabetes. He later went on a diet, and lost 100 pounds. Smith now eats six small meals a day, and has run multiple marathons.[14]

He recently [as of 2014] adopted four children with his husband of five years.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Oprah.com (Sep 19, 2007). "Cooking with Chef Art Smith". Oprah.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  3. ^ Chef2Chef (Sep 19, 2007). "Chef Art Smith". Chef2Chef. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  4. ^ Oprah.com (Sep 19, 2007). "Art Smith Wants you". Oprah.com. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  5. ^ ABC Chicago (Sep 19, 2007). "Chef Art Smith Opens New Restaurant in Chicago". ABC Chicago. Retrieved 2007-09-30.  He is the executive chef and co-owner of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, Joanne Trattoria, and LYFE Kitchen restaurants.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Gray, Joe (July 23, 2009). "Art Smith feels the love on 'Top Chef Masters'". ChicagoTribune.com. 
  7. ^ "Call It Art". Zagat.com. July 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Per Top Chef Masters shown July 23, 2009
  9. ^ Aaron Glickman (2007-03-13). "Chef Art Smith Cooks for star studded crowd". SocialMiami.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Our Chef". 2012-01-25. 
  11. ^ a b Chef2Chef (2007). "Chef Art Smith Wins James Beard Award". Chef2Chef. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  12. ^ "2007 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION SPECIAL HONOREE AWARDS: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR, COOKBOOK HALL OF FAME, WHO'S WHO AND AMERICA'S CLASSICS ANNOUNCED". StarChefs.com. 
  13. ^ Art Smith: A Slice of life Tracy Baim. September 12, 2007; Windy City Times.
  14. ^ "Bios: Art Smith". Bravo TV. 09/07/2012. 
  15. ^ http://www.buzzfeed.com/wyattwilliams/chef-john-currence-wants-to-save-mississippi-from-itself

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