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Art Smith          

Celebrity Chef, Author & Humanitarian; Served as the Personal Chef of Oprah Winfrey

Chef Art Smith is a distinguished American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author with a passion for reimagining Southern cuisine. Born on March 1, 1960, in Jasper, Florida, his culinary journey began with formal training at the Florida Culinary Institute. Smith's expertise in the kitchen was further honed through international experiences, including working with culinary luminaries like George Blanc and Alain Ducasse in France.

His career took a significant turn when he became the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey for a decade, solidifying his reputation as a top-tier chef in the industry. In 1997, he opened "Table Fifty-Two" in Chicago, a restaurant celebrated for its modern interpretations of traditional Southern dishes. This establishment, rooted in locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and a commitment to warm hospitality, quickly became a culinary destination.

Smith's influence extends beyond the restaurant world. He is a prolific cookbook author, with titles like "Back to the Table" and "Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families" showcasing his culinary expertise. Television appearances have also allowed him to share his passion for Southern cuisine with a broader audience.

Smith's commitment to wholesome eating and community engagement is evident through his involvement in various charitable initiatives. He emphasizes the unifying power of food and the importance of sharing meals with loved ones.

In addition to "Table Fifty-Two," Smith expanded his culinary empire with "Homecomin' Florida Kitchen" at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, where he offers a contemporary take on Southern comfort food. Most recently, Smith opened "Reunion" located at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier, it reflects his dedication to preserving and innovating Southern culinary traditions. Smith's enduring legacy continues to inspire, promote inclusivity, and celebrate the rich flavors of the South.

Speech Topics

Food Diplomacy

Chef Art's travels around the world being a good diplomat for the US State Department

Celebrity Chef Art Smith to US Ambassador of Portugals

Healthy Comfort

Big Chef Little Chef

How to eat delicious food and be healthy

Being a Chef with Type 2 Diabetes

How as a Chef I can work and live and help people with diabetes

Using Food as Platform to Create Change

Chef Art is known for his Advocacy for LGBTQ


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