The executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two, Art Smith has received the culinary profession's highest awards and has cooked for some of the world's most famous celebrities as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey.
A native of Jasper, Florida, where he grew up on his family's farm, Smith is the former executive chef of the Florida Governor's Mansion during the tenure of Bob Graham, now a United States Senator. A graduate of the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College culinary program, Smith also was chosen for, and completed, two highly selective internships at The Greenbrier Resort. In addition he has studied at the Florida State University School of Business.
In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith now coordinates and cooks for the headline-grabbing special events that Ms. Winfrey hosts all around the world.
A contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine, Smith is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family. Most recently he contributed recipes and cooking advice to The Spectrum, the newest book by ground-breaking cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Dean Ornish.
Smith has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show and Oprah in addition to having served as a Williams-Sonoma culinary instructor and the special events chef for Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Smith's cooking and writing talents have earned him highest praise, but perhaps his greatest gift to the community at large has been his philanthropy. In 2003 he founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world's great cultures.
For his tireless Common Threads leadership, Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a "Chicagoan of the Year" in 2007. That same year, the prestigious James Beard Foundation named him "Humanitarian of the Year."
Smith lives in Chicago with his life partner, renowned artist Jesus Salgueiro, and their three dogs, five cats and fifteen fish.
Fashion model-turned interior designer Julie Latsko is the co-owner, with Chef Art Smith, of Table-Fifty Two.
Read Julie Latsko's article recently published in the Chicago Sun Times, " Julie Latsko Makes A New Fashion Statement".
After putting herself through the University of Illinois-Chicago with money earned from modeling for the Elite agency, she hit the road and spent ten more years in front of the camera, at times living in Germany and Japan.
When she returned to the United States permanently, she enrolled at the prestigious Harrington Institute of Design in Chicago to satisfy her interest in creating beautiful living spaces. Since receiving her degree from Harrington—in addition to a degree from UIC in literature with a minor in political science—she has transformed homes all across Chicago and as far away as Beverly Hills, California.
Her style can be seen in the aesthetically pleasing palate at Table Fifty-Two, which combines modern elegance in a 19th century carriage house, with a respect for the preservation of the past.
A member of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, Latsko also serves on the board of Common Threads, Smith's charitable organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance of the world's cultures.
Latsko's passion for charitable work, interior design and restaurants is surpassed only by her passion for her family. She resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.