Art Smith

Chef Art Smith loves the idea of bringing people together through food. It’s partly what made him the success he is today. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Blue Door Kitchen and Garden, Art and Soul, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, LYFE Kitchen restaurants, 1500 South at the Naples Bay Resort and his latest restaurant Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine at Disney Springs at Walt Disney
World Resort in Orlando.

Art Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, dayto-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith now coordinatesand cooks for special events all around the world.Smith has made several television appearances including ABC’s Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special, Top Chef, Top Chef Duels, and returned to Top Chef Masters (for
the second time), where he quickly became an audience favorite. Smith was also featured in an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where he lent a hand to a deserving family that has devoted their lives to providing meals for the less fortunate members of their community.
Smith has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Fox News, Extra,
Entertainment Tonight, BBQ Pitmasters, The Talk, The Dr. Oz Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has appeared on the cover of Parade magazine, and has been featured in Cooking Light magazine. He is a regular contributor to Standup magazine, whose proceeds benefit The Ben Cohen Standup Foundation, which raises awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying. Smith is the author of four award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life:
Real Food for Real Families; Back to the Family; and Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort, with a focus on healthy cooking and healthy living, 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. In March of 2016 his latest cookbook Smart Cooking was released in conjunction of his line of the Chef Art Smith Smartbowl Cooking System.Smith is the founder of Common Threads, a non-profit organization teaching low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals since 2003. He believes that through hands-on cooking and introducing children to fresh foods we can help prevent childhood obesity, reverse the trend of poor eating habits, and learn about diversity and tolerance through the celebration of our cultural differences and our commonalities. In 2015 Smith launched a non-profit organization, Reunion, Florida Garden and Kitchen School, in Madison FL at the historic Wardlaw-Smith House near his childhood home in Jasper, FL. At Reunion students of all ages receive free classes on southern cooking traditions, horticulture, and weather forecasting via Weather Stem systems. Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a Chicagoan of the Year in 2007. That same year, the prestigious James Beard Foundation named him Humanitarian of the
Year. In 2008 Chef Art Smith received an Honorary MBA Degree, awarded by the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University. Smith was inducted into the Chicago Culinary Museums Hall of Fame in 2010. September 30th 2010 was proclaimed by Richard M. Daley, Mayor of The City of Chicago as Chef Art

Smith Day in Chicago. May 19, 2012 Chef Art Smith received an Honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts fromJohnson and Wales University, North Miami Campus.
Smith lives in Chicago and Florida with his husband Jesus Salgueiro, their four children Zumy, Zuky, Brando and Angel, and of course three dogs, seven cats, 15 fish and a couple of turtles.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine? Family Reunions down at the Blue Springs in Northern FL. My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is: After Parties with all the Chefs! Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is: Reunion “My dream is to create one of the foremost schools in the country focused on sustainability, from planting through production, in this abundant piece of North Florida I call home, and it will be a free education to all those that attend.” --Chef Art Smith ABOUT THE REUNION CENTER 501 C3 Established in 2014, the mission of Reunion Center is to bring, renew, restore and rebirth community through education programs. Based in Madison, Florida, the organization will create the first accredited farm to table program in the region, which includes the communities of Jasper, Live Oak and Tallahassee, with a focus on reconnecting the former historical agrarian community back to its roots to assist and teach its citizens stewardship and sustainable living for the future. In addition, the organization will offer internship opportunities at bakeries in the region. This fall, 10 students will be selected to join the first class of the Chef Art Smith North Florida Garden to Kitchen School, at the historic Smith Mansion in Madison, FL. This tuition-free farm-to- table baking and culinary instructional program will operate under the auspices of the Reunion Center (Reunion 501 C3), founded by celebrity chef and humanitarian Art Smith and acclaimed Tallahassee baker Susan Turner. The Reunion Center’s mission is to renew, restore and rebirth community through education programs related to agriculture, conservation, and food production. The school aims to cultivate ambassadors who can knowledgably and passionately spread the message about the importance of protecting our agricultural resources, preserving our food heritage, and making healthy food available and affordable for all. The 12-week program is designed to provide a solid foundation -- literally from the ground up -- for participants interested in pursuing careers in the culinary arts. CONVERSATIONS FROM REUNION: Chef Art’s first program at Reunion is "Conversations From Reunion", with Ed Mansouri President of WeatherStem. They will teach the importance of weather and its effect on daily living. FSU already has a weather station at Doak Campbell Stadium. These programs will help educate students on where their food comes from. It is critical to put “Farm to Table” education in the forefront of education in America and with the help of The Annenberg Foundation, United Airlines, Sodexo, Cisco Systems and the State of Florida, Chef Art hopes to bring it to other challenged area's like his own local hometown. These conversations will take place all across America and will be virtually broadcast to schools, universities, and to home and restaurant kitchens throughout the world. CURRICULUM OFFERINGS INCLUDE: • Hands-on instruction in classic Southern baking from leading chefs; • Field trips to local farms for workshops led by organic gardening experts; • Lectures on weather, water, conservation, land conservation, sustainable economics, gardening, animal husbandry, and more, from well-regarded experts in the field; • Coaching in expressing their ideas through writing and other media forms. In addition, the organization will offer internship opportunities at bakeries in the region, including positions at Chef Smith’s new restaurant at Disney and a bakery he will soon open in Jasper. This program is the first step in a long-term commitment to revitalize the struggling communities in this region, by drawing attention to its rich biodiversity and creative, locally made Southern food offerings prepared with homegrown ingredients. WHO CAN ATTEND? Anyone age 18 or older can audition for enrollment, but class size will be limited to only ten students. They will be chosen based on their passion to learn and be part of building healthier, more sustainable communities. They will demonstrate this by writing an essay and responding to a questionnaire. EVERYONE HAS A FOOD STORY WORTH SHARING AND WE WANT TO HEAR YOURS. We believe: • To grow good food, we need to grow good farmers. • To grow more farmers, we need to grow a movement. • To grow a movement, we need ambassadors to spread the word. THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN. Join Chef Art Smith in his goal to help bring rural America back to the farm and teach communities the importance of fresh, sustainable foods. ABOUT THE SMITH MANSION This beautiful historic property will provide the perfect storied backdrop for assisting and teaching its citizens stewardship and sustainable living for the future. The Wardlaw- Smith House was erected in the early 1860s for Benjamin F. Wardlaw, a prominent local citizen. Following the Civil War Battle of Olustee in February 1864, it served as a Confederate hospital. In 1871, Chandler Holmes Smith, in whose family it remained for a century, acquired it. In January 1978, the Wardlaw-Smith House was in a state of disrepair and was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. William M. Goza. Under the supervision of Dawson Rutherford, Master Contractor, it was meticulously restored and landscaped by them. Mr. and Mrs. Goza donated the property to The University of Florida Foundation in December 1983, and it was acquired for the use of the North Florida Junior College, designated as the Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Conference Center at the dedication ceremonies on October 23, 1988. The house was eventually handed over to the City of Madison. For years it sat empty until Chef Art Smith purchased it to use as an educational facility. If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be: Jamie Oliver I never leave home without my: Have Biscuits will travel!