Celebrity Chef Art Smith

No one does American Southern cuisine better than Chef Art Smith, a sixth-generation Florida native with a deep understanding of how to take delicious southern cooking traditions and creatively shake them up with fresh inspirations gleaned from travels and other personal experiences.

Few chefs have as firm of a grasp on the power of food to strengthen ties between people and restore balance to hectic lifestyles as Smith does. He’s written several best-selling cookbooks; launched restaurants in major destinations that bear testimony to his appreciation for the ways in which a simple, artfully prepared ingredients can bring people together; and made numerous television appearances on highly rated shows—he’s an audience favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.

Using Food to Build Relationships
Smith’s keen understanding of the link between food and diplomacy was born of decades of work as a personal chef to both politicians and celebrity clients—he served Florida governors Bob Graham and Jeb Bush, was Oprah Winfrey’s private chef for 10 years and is a US State Department American Diplomatic Culinary Corp Chef who cooks for special events around the world.

Cookbooks That Celebrate Real Food
Chef Smith’s four cookbooks—“Back to the Table,” “Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families,” “Back to the Family” and “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort”—focus on unfussy meals as the centerpiece of family gatherings and healthy lives, and encourage readers to commune through food. The recipes’ emphasis on streamlined preparations, wholesome ingredients and healthy tweaks to southern classics born of Smith’s own journey to wellness echo the allure of the dishes served in his restaurants.

A Top Restaurateur Celebrating American Southern Cuisine
In addition to 1500 SOUTH at Naples Bay Resort, this two-time James Beard Award winner is presently the executive chef and co-owner of several restaurants and culinary projects around the country -- and the list is expanding. Next up: Homecoming located in the new Disney Springs, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.