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Spice of Life

Chef Art Smith’s recipe for domestic bliss? A savory bit of this with a sweet pinch of that

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Art Smith cooks up a storm in his Kenwood condo kitchen.
 

The owner: Art Smith, formerly Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, now her executive chef for special events (he recently catered an Oprah party for Barack Obama). He’s a cookbook author, TV celebrity, philanthropist, Florida native, and co-owner of the Southern-inflected Near North Side restaurant Table Fifty-Two, where reservations are harder to snag than a catfish in a mangrove swamp. Where he gets cooking: A 4,000-square-foot Kenwood condo where the dinner parties are legendary. A party for eight in Smith’s kitchen sold at one Chicago Children’s Museum benefit auction for $20,000—twice. Last year alone, Smith raised $300,000 for various charities just by making supper here. Who’s home: Smith shares the place with Venezuelan-born artist Jesus Salgueiro, his life partner."When I first met Jesus I had no furniture!” Smith says. Also occupying the space are two American Staffordshire terriers, one French bulldog, and five Munchkin cats.

 

Styling: Barri Leiner

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