Art Smith Biography

Claim to Fame: Chef, TV personality
DOB: March 1, 1960
Diabetes Type: 2

Charles Arthur "Art" Smith is an American Chef from Tallahassee, Florida. Smith currently lives in Chicago with his partner of 10 years, Jesus Salgueiro, who is a painter. The two married at the Lincoln Memorial in 2011. They donate their time to many causes, from children's cooking classes to humanitarian aid.

Right before his 50th birthday, Smith was diagnosed with diabetes. As a result, he went on a diet, remarkably losing 100 pounds. Smith now eats six small meals a day, and has run multiple marathons. He has been a chef to many celebrities and politicians over the years, including Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, the current King of Sweden, and Florida governors Jeb Bush and Bob Graham. Smith also appeared in a cooking segment on Lady Gaga's 2011 ABC special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, in which he and Gaga prepared a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and waffles.

Aside from being a chef, Smith has written three award-winning cookbooks, Back to the Table, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families, and Back to the Family. Every month he edits an article on and is always contributing articles to Oprah's magazine, "O." His most recent cookbook, Art Smith's Healthy Comfort, was released on May 2013, Its main focus is to emphasize healthy cooking and healthy living.

He is a well-known TV personality, most notably for Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He has also made many guest appearances on television programs such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Nightline, Fox News, Extra, BBQ Pitmasters, Dr. Oz, Oprah, and Top Chef.

Smith is also the founder of the Common Threads Charity. Common Threads strives to teach children about different cultures through a variety of food and art. Because of this charity, Smith was able to serve over 2,000 healthy meals to children. The meals he served were healhty because he wanted to stress the importance of a healthy diet and teach these children the consequences of a poor diet. He also a part of the Board of Directors for Kid's Cafe, an organization that provides a nutrition program for children. 

Smith currently works as the executive chef and co-owner of five of his own line of restaurants, including Table Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, LYFE Kitchen, Southern Art, and Joanne Tratorria.

Reviewed by dLife staff 02/15. 

Last Modified Date: February 11, 2015

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by Brenda Bell
Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...
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