Art Smith Brings Home Family Food
Celebrity Chef Art Smith spices up real food for real families, from Oprah's home kitchen to his family cookbook series to his brand new restaurant, Table Fifty-Two.
The Inside Dish: Art's Early Years
A native of Jasper, Florida, Art Smith started his culinary career at the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program and interned at the Greenbrier resort. After graduation, he landed a job as executive chef for Florida's Governor Bob Graham and his family. Art continued to serve as a family chef for politicians and celebrities around the world, and traveled through Europe and Africa. He settled in Chicago, where he taught for Williams-Sonoma when Martha Stewart Living Magazine invited him to be their special event chef. He became the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham in 1997.
Art Smith's Recipe for Success
Perhaps best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, Smith continues to act as the specialty chef for her most talked-about events and make guest appearances on her TV show. His first cookbook, Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family won the James Beard Foundation's prestigious award for "Best Cookbook" in 2002. Art also received the much-coveted Gourmand World Cookbook Award for "Best Family and Children's Cookbook" in 2001 for his second cookbook, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families.
Art Smith is frequently featured on television as a celebrity chef, including national appearances on The Today Show, Good Day Live, and Iron Chef America. Continuing his legacy as a family-oriented chef, in 2003 Art founded the non-profit organization Common Threads, which works to foster a positive family environment for children. In 2007, he was awarded the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian Award and was named "Chicagoan of the Year" by Chicago Magazine.
Next Stop, Table Fifty-Two
Chef Smith recently published his latest cookbook, Back to the Family and in 2007 he launched his signature restaurant, Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, which serves handmade, organic foods ranging from fresh-from-the-oven buttermilk biscuits and juicy pistachio-crusted chicken to delectable baked desserts. "I know how to serve people well, because my whole life I have been serving them in their homes," says Art. "I want to capture that feeling, that sense of home."