His ties to the District may not be obvious at first, but Art Smith is the closest thing to a local contender battling it out for charity on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Art is a native Floridian who graduated from Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Culinary program. Though he only got in the restaurant business a few years ago, he is an important fixture of the Chicago dining scene where he runs Table Fifty Two and worked as Oprah Winfrey’s personnal chef. So when do these D.C. ties come in exactly…?Well, Art has cooked a meal the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and he also served as the executive chef at the Florida Governor’s mansion, where he cooked for former governor and now US Senator Bob Graham. He is currently the Executive Chef at Art and Soul, a southern-style restaurant near Union Station.
Chef Art who has served as a guest judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” will get to experience what it’s like to be on the chopping block as he takes on three other celebrity chefs to win money for his charity Common Threads. For the occasion, Art and Soul will host a Top Chef Master’s Viewing Party on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009. The party will be held in ArtBar from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres showcasing classic Art Smith dishes.
In addition, throughout the month of July, Art and Soul will be celebrating Top Chef Masters with a pre-fix dinner menu of classic Chef Art Smith dishes. While the dishes created by Art during the episode are as secret as whether he moves on to the final or not, the featured $39, 3-course dinner only menu exemplifies the essence of Chef Art’s cuisine. A portion of the proceeds will go to