While attending Florida State University he completed culinary internships with The Greenbrier and the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program.
Smith has published two cookbooks, Back to the Table and Kitchen Life, about home cooking and family life. He edits a monthly article on Oprah.com and contributes articles to O, The Oprah Magazine.
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. In 2009, Smith raised $10,000 for Common Threads as a participant on the television show Top Chef Masters, Season 1.
Smith has cooked for many celebrities and heads of state, including Barack Obama and the current King of Sweden. 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. 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. He was also a celebrity judge on the second season of the reality show BBQ Pitmasters.
Charles Arthur "Art" Smith (born March 1, 1960) is an American chef who has worked for former Florida governor Bob Graham and Jeb Bush and until 2007 was personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. His expertise is Southern cuisine. Smith lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner since 1999, 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. Smith has published two cookbooks. They adopted four children.
"I used to wear out boyfriends in my career. I came to Chicago with a really nice boyfriend who is now a great friend of mine, PJ, who is a wonderful writer, and wore him out. Then I had another, met a sweet boy from Indiana, and wore him out, too. Then I met a wonderful guy, Dell Williams, dear friend of mine, who is no longer with us, but he loved all my craziness and everything, and we moved out to Pullman [ on Chicago's Far South Side ] . What was great about Pullman was that you had all this space and every kind of chotchky possible. … So I lived out there, then I burned Dell out, and moved downtown. You know relationships are tough, and what makes them even tougher is when you involve them in business. I think I was always looking for a boyfriend that would be a business manager. Now I finally realize I don't need a boyfriend to be a business manager, I just need a boyfriend to love me. And I have Jesus."
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.
Kitchen Life : Real Food for Real Families--Even Yours! by Art Smith
Paperback: 336 pages
Amazon: Kitchen Life : Real Food for Real Families--Even Yours!
The indispensable new cookbook for today's busy families from the New York Times bestselling author of Back to the Table.
From James Beard Awardwinning chef Art Smith comes a book that gives readers more than 150 simple and delicious ways to feed -- and enrich -- their families.
in Back to the Table, Art Smith, the New York Times bestselling author and personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, showed readers how to gather at the table to celebrate special occasions with food. In his new book, Kitchen Life, Smith shows today's busy families an altogether new approach to everyday dining by staying ahead of the mealtime jam while learning to prepare simpler, more satisfying meals. This is a Practical, indispensable book that America's busy families can turn to every day of the year.
Kitchen Life's unique organization and tools teach readers to identify what type of cook they are, based on how they eat, shop, and manage their hectic schedules.
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