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CHEF ART SMITH

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ART AND SOUL!

Chef Art Smith began his career with two internships at the Greenbrier Resort, then attended the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom college program. Following graduation, he was executive chef for Gov. Bob Graham (Florida) and his wife, Adele, then spanned the globe and cooked extensively in Europe and Africa for families that included celebrities and politicians.

After being a chef on the American European Express train, he settled in Chicago, and began teaching at Williams-Sonoma, later serving as special event chef for Martha Stewart Living magazine. In 1997, he began a ten-year long employment as personal chef for Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham, and is still specialty chef for Ms. Winfrey's biggest events.

Art received the James Beard Foundation "Humanitarian of the Year" award in 2007, and another for "Best Cookbook," for his "Back To The Table: The Reunion of Food and Family," in 2002. He is a contributing editor to "O," (the Oprah magazine) as well as the food section of oprah.com, and has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Day Live," as a judge on "Iron Chef America," and most recently on "Top Chef Masters."

In 2003, Art and life partner, artist Jesus Salguiero, established "Common Threads," a nonprofit organization to educate children on cultural diversity, nutrition, and physical well being through cooking and the arts. (http://www.commonthreads.org) Art owns two restaurants: "Table Fifty-Two," in Chicago, and "Art and Soul," on Capitol Hill in D.C.
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