Art Smith


Some chefs are celebrities; some are chefs for celebrities; and a few, like gay chef Charles Arthur “Art” Smith, are both. Although Smith, a specialist in the American Southern culinary tradition, fell into cooking largely by accident, he has prepared meals for democratically-elected heads of state and royalty alike, and served as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. His charity resume is also impressive: Two stints on the competitive reality TV show Top Chef Masters where all prize money is donated; outreach to combat homophobia in Mississippi; and a nonprofit called Common Threads that teaches children from low-income families how to cook healthy meals. He has been honored with two James Beard awards and published three cookbooks.

Smith’s personal website is available here; his Twitter can be found here.

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