CHEF ART SMITH is owner of Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen & Southern Shine Bar at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort, Blue Door Kitchen & Garden in Chicago and Art Smith’s Reunion at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Smith has received two James Beard Foundation awards, and is the author of several cookbooks including “Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family.” In 2003, he founded Common Threads, a non-profit helping low-income children cook wholesome and affordable meals.
Smith’s culinary influence is global. In 2012, he became part of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, developed in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation. His strategic missions have included trips to the Middle East and Cuba.
In 2008, Art Smith received an Honorary MBA Degree from the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University. In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree in the culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University, North Miami Campus.
In 2015, Smith launched Reunion, Florida Garden and Kitchen School, near his childhood home in Jasper, Fla. Smith lives in Chicago with his husband, the artist Jesus Salgueiro, their four children Zumy, Zuky, Brando and Angel.