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Art Smith

Art Smith

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

Art Smith Biography

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.

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Art Smith Speaking 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

Art Smith Videos

Celebrity Chef Art Smith Talks About his New Restaurant
Oprah and Chef Art Smith Invent a Grilled Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup
Food: the polite protest | Art Smith | TEDxRiga

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How much does it cost to book Art Smith for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Art Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Art Smith are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and Below $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Art Smith, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Art Smith speak about?

Art Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Celebrity Chef, Television & Film, Fitness, Food & Beverage, Nutrition, Authors, Diabetes, Health, Lifestyle, Obesity, Celebrity, Social Activism, Family & Parenting, Generational Issues, Non-Profit & Association, Entertainers, Hospitality, Heart Health and Entertainment.

Where does Art Smith travel from?

Art Smith generally travels from Jacksonville, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Art Smith?

AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully secured keynote speakers like Art Smith for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Art Smith for your next private or corporate function.

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Art Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Celebrity Chef, Television & Film and Fitness. The estimated speaking fee range to book Art Smith for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Art Smith generally travels from Jacksonville, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aarti Sequeira, Michael Solomonov and Cat Cora. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Art Smith for an upcoming event.

Art Smith Speaking 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

Art Smith Videos

Celebrity Chef Art Smith Talks About his New Restaurant
Oprah and Chef Art Smith Invent a Grilled Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup
Food: the polite protest | Art Smith | TEDxRiga

Art Smith Reviews

  • Art was great! Everyone loved his presentation. people were engaged the whole time and people who weren't there wanted the recording!
    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals - Nov 11 2021

  • Chef Art was fantastic, the attendees and client were thrilled with his demo. Though he had some tech difficulties, but was very accommodating and understanding with the extra time needed to get him set-up. AAE was fabulous. They were so communicative and helpful with all of our requests, we couldn't have asked for better partners in this event!
    INVNT o/b/o Merck & Co. - May 25 2021

  • Great experience from start to finish, and Art's personal knowledge of issues associated with domestic violence made a huge difference. Plus he got us Las Vegas Lady Gaga tickets to auction off!
    Safe Place of the Permian Basin - Aug 29 2018

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