Chef Art Smith of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Buckhead - Biography

Atlanta, GA

May 2012

The executive chef and co-owner of Table fifty-two and Art and Soul restaurants, Art Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted 10 years. Smith now coordinates and cooks for the headline-grabbing special events that Ms. Winfrey hosts all around the world.

In Summer 2011, Smith along with a stellar team of restaurant and business leaders, opened LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, California, a fast-casual restaurant with healthy eating at its core. In fall of 2011, Smith opened his latest restaurant, Southern Art on Peachtree Road in Atlanta’s bustling Buckhead business district.

In 2003, he founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. For his tireless Common Threads leadership, Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a Chicagoan of the Year in 2007. That same year, the prestigious James Beard Foundation named him Humanitarian of the Year. Smith was inducted into the Chicago Culinary Museum's Hall of Fame in 2010. September 30th 2010 was proclaimed by Richard M. Daley, Mayor of The City of Chicago as Chef Art Smith Day in Chicago.