Chef Michael Smith
Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking that inspires families to create their own healthy food lifestyle. An honors graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, his career has spanned the globe from stints in a Michelin three-star restaurant in London to South America, the Caribbean, North America and some of Manhattan’s finest kitchens. He’s the winner of the James Beard Award for Cooking Show Excellence and host of Chef Abroad, Chef at Home and Chef at Large seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries. His latest web series Chef Michael’s Kitchen, debuted September, 2012.
Michael is Prince Edward Island’s official food ambassador, an award winning cookbook author, newspaper columnist, professional chef and home cook. He recently led the team of chefs that cooked for the worlds Olympians in the Whistler Athletes Village. Although Michael is a true chef at large his favourite role is Dad, home on Prince Edward Island with his family.
Questions and Answers
Your fave kitchen utensil/gadget?
My stash of tasting spoons.
What would we typically find in your fridge?
Lots of obscure flavours from my travels, lots of vegetables, lots of bacon.
Your signature dish?
A thick local rib eye steak grilled over a hardwood fire in my fire pit.
What were your must-have kitchen layout requirements?
My cooktop in an island, a magnetic chalkboard and a great sink for dish-washing!
What was your biggest kitchen splurge?
All of my custom cabinetry from GCW Custom Kitchens.
Where did you get your love for cooking?
From my love of eating.
Your guilty food pleasure?
Anything white and thick -- yogurt, sour cream, mayo, cream cheese, cream, Peruvian massada...
Fave cookbook authors?
I’m inspired by Michael Pollan but turn to The Joy of Cooking more than any other cookbook.
Complete this sentence: People would be surprised to find out...
That I am a passionate kite sailor.