"Chef at Large" is an all-access back stage pass to the fast-paced hidden world of chefs and cuisines. Chef Michael Smith is on the adventure of a lifetime as he travels to meet other skilled chefs, investigates their amazing and diverse kitchens and documents their unique and challenging worlds. Chef at Large presents a creative and insightful exploration into culinary culture. Join Chef Michael Smith as he visits and explores everything from Cooks Studio Café in Vancouver's East End, to Fire & Ice, ice and sugar sculptures by Golden Chefs, to Mushroom Foraging in the wilds of Oregon. Viewers will be introduced to a variety of talented and fascinating people as they deal with their distinctive culinary challenges. Whether Michael's getting creative and messy, laughing it up with other chefs or discovering some very exceptional and special people and their kitchen setting.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Chef at Large - Michael Smith (chef) - Netflix
Michael Dixon Smith is an American-born chef and writer now residing in Prince Edward Island, Canada, host of The Inn Chef, Chef at Home, Chef at Large, Chef Michael's Kitchen, Chef Abroad, and Chopped: Canada (all of which have appeared on the Canadian Food Network).
Chef at Large - Life and career - Netflix
Six years later, Smith's television show The Inn Chef debuted on the Life Network and later moved to Food Network Canada. The series featured Smith as he took viewers inside the inn's real-life country kitchen. The Inn Chef won best Variety/Music/Cooking Show in TV GUIDE Canada's 2001 Reader Poll. The series currently airs on Prime TV. In 1999, Smith opened his own restaurant, Maple, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It quickly became recognized as one of the top venues in the country for Canadian Cuisine. In the fall of 2001 Smith left Maple to focus on his new Food Network Canada series Chef at Large. In May 2002, he was presented the James Beard Award for “Best National Television Special” for his documentary Saturday Night. He is 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall; and often jokingly refers to himself as the “World's Tallest Freestanding Chef” (a play on Toronto's CN Tower, which for years was billed as the “World's Tallest Freestanding Structure”). Perhaps his most challenging initiative to date is the recent shift Smith made from professional chef to home cook. His third series, Chef at Home, debuted to rave reviews and top ratings on Food Network Canada in 2004 and features a behind-the-scenes peek at Smith’s home kitchen and how he cooks for his family and friends. Chef at Home currently airs on Food Network Canada, as well as on ION Life and Discovery Home U.S., and in more than 40 countries around the world. Smith has authored ten cookbooks to date. His tenth cooking, Real Food, Real Good, launched in September 2016 and immediately landed on the Globe & Mail bestseller list. The Best of Chef at Home: Essential Recipes for Today's Kitchen was published in the fall of 2009. Chef at Home: Cooking With and Without a Recipe was released in 2005. His first book, Open Kitchen: a Chef's Day at The Inn at Bay Fortune, took the bronze medal at Cuisine Canada’s Cookbook Award in 1998. He followed that with The Inn Chef a year later. In 2008, Smith launched a new show on Food Network Canada entitled Chef Abroad. Interestingly, Smith was at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (having just filmed an episode of Chef Abroad in Northern Thailand) when the airport was seized during the Thai political crisis. In 2009, Michael separated from his partner, Rachel. They remain friends and are parents to a son, Gabriel (Gabe). In 2013 he married Chastity Smith, and together they are parents to his son Gabe and their daughters Ariella and Camille. On January 31, 2010, Smith competed on the Food Network show Iron Chef America against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in battle avocado. He lost the battle 54–40. In 2015, Michael and his wife Chastity purchased The Inn at Bay Fortune on Prince Edward Island. They've relaunched the property where Michael gained international fame in the 1990s with a new spirit of five-star hospitality and an innovative dining experience, the FireWorks.
Born in New York City, Michael Smith received his undergraduate degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 1984, while a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa national fraternity. Michael Smith graduated with honours from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York City in 1991. He then worked in restaurants in London, South America, and the Caribbean before coming back to North America to cook in different restaurants in Manhattan. In 1992, Smith joined Prince Edward Island’s now famous country inn, The Inn at Bay Fortune in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island which was soon regarded as one of Canada's top 10 restaurants with the chef noted for his intense focus on regionalism and the foods of Prince Edward Island.
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