Art Smith (chef)

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Art Smith
Art Smith in 2009
Born (1960-03-01) March 1, 1960 (age 63)
Jasper, Florida, United States
EducationFlorida State University
Culinary career
Cooking styleSouthern cuisine
Current restaurant(s)
Previous restaurant(s)
  • American European Express (transcontinental train)

Charles Arthur 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]


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 cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Dean Ornish. He edits a monthly article on 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).


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]


Smith has cooked for many celebrities and heads of state, including former President 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 seasons of the reality shows BBQ Pitmasters and Nailed It, as well as competing in the Chopped Season 24 All-Stars Tournament, advancing to the final round.



Smith lives in Jasper, Florida with his husband, Jesus Salgueiro, a painter. The two married at the Lincoln Memorial in 2011, after being together 10 years. They donate their time to many causes, from children's cooking classes to humanitarian aid.[14] He and his husband recently (as of 2018) adopted five children.[15]

Shortly before his 50th birthday, Smith was diagnosed with diabetes. He later went on a diet, and lost 100 pounds. Smith now tries to eat six small meals a day. He has also completed many marathons.[16]


  1. ^ "Chef Art Smith's 50th Coming to Soldier Field".
  2. ^ (Sep 19, 2007). "Cooking with Chef Art Smith". 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. ^ (Sep 19, 2007). "Art Smith Wants you". Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  5. ^ ABC Chicago (Sep 19, 2007). "Chef Art Smith Opens New Restaurant in Chicago". ABC Chicago. Retrieved 2007-09-30.[permanent dead link] 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'".
  7. ^ "Call It Art". July 23, 2009. Archived from the original on July 28, 2020.
  8. ^ Per Top Chef Masters shown July 23, 2009
  9. ^ Aaron Glickman (2007-03-13). "Chef Art Smith Cooks for star studded crowd". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  10. ^ "Our Chef". 2012-01-25. Archived from the original on 2011-11-28.
  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.
  13. ^ "Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  14. ^ Art Smith: A Slice of life Tracy Baim. September 12, 2007; Windy City Times.
  15. ^ "The Chef Who's Leading the Backlash Against Mississippi's New Anti-Gay Law". BuzzFeed.
  16. ^ "Bios: Art Smith". Bravo TV. 2012-07-09. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28.

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