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Michael Dixon Smith
Born Canada
Cooking style Canadian Regional
Education Culinary Institute of America & Rochester Institute of Technology

Michael Dixon Smith is a Canadian chef and writer, host of Chef Abroad, Chef at Home, Chef at Large (both on the Food Network Canada) and The Inn Chef.


Life and career

Born in the state of New York, in America.[1] Michael Smith graduated with honours from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York 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, 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.

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, NS. 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 stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall.

Perhaps his most challenging initiative to date is the recent shift Smith made from professional chef to home cook. His 3rd 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, especially his partner Rachel and their son Gabriel. Chef at Home currently airs on Food Network Canada, Discovery Home U.S and in more than 40 countries around the world.

Smith has authored three cookbooks to date. His most recent, Chef at Home: Cooking With and Without a Recipe, hit bookshelves across Canada in the fall of 2005. Open Kitchen: a Chef's Day at The Inn at Bay Fortune, published in 1998, took the bronze medal at Cuisine Canada’s Cookbook Award that same year. 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.


Year Show Role Notes
1998-2000 The Inn Chef Host
2004-Present Chef at Home Host Also is a writer
2004-Present Chef at Large Host
2008-Present Chef Abroad Host
January 2010 Iron Chef America Challenger[2]


  • The Inn Chef: Creative Ingredients, Sensational Flavor (March 4, 2000 Callawind Publications ISBN 1896511147, ISBN 978-1896511146)
  • Open Kitchen: a Chef's Day at The Inn at Bay Fortune (August 8, 2005 Callawind Publications ISBN 1896511104, ISBN 978-1896511108
  • Chef at Home: Cooking Without a Recipe (October 13, 2005 Whitecap Books ISBN 1552857166, ISBN 978-1552857168)


  1. ^ (2009) Canadian News. Promo for PEI Fall Flavours festival
  2. ^ from The Food Network website [1]

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