Chef and Artist
Web Site: www.glennhsmith.com
Bold, bright, inventive and approachable is not only how Chef Glenn Smith describes his food but also his personality. As a self-professed culinary entertainer, he shares his love of food while communicating his passion for cooking with humor, practical, attainable information and the belief that everyone has an inner chef within waiting to be discovered.
Currently, Glenn has selectively hung up his full time private chef hat to follow his passion for art and sculpture, working with the Bezos Scholars Program but is still very active in the culinary world as consultant and mentor. Glenn was also the Chef in Residence at the former Cooking School of Aspen for over 13 years, a hosts many TV cooking shows, is featured in a variety of national and international magazines such as Veranda, Food and Wine, Delicious Magazine in the UK and has appeared on Good Morning America.
As an instructor, his skills are not limited to the culinary arts but he is also a professional Fly Fishing guide in Basalt, Colorado where he teaches the fine art of Angling. Also, feeding his addiction for laughter, he is a stand up comedian with appearances at Comedy Works and the Improve to name a few. Glenn successfully lives his life in the Aspen valley “generally undeclared”.
Is there a humorous experience or something of interest that happened during your life that has contributed to the kind of chef you are today?
I wanted, back in the day, to pursue a career in the arts. After investigating art schools, the cost it was prohibitive at the time and that I didn’t smoke or wear black, I need to revaluate my path but a guys gotta eat, so I started in the restaurant industry. I quickly realized that food is a great “medium” that you can eat as well, so I was hooked, so started my career in the culinary “arts”.
What is your favorite restaurant to dine in?
My favorite restaurant is a taco tequila place in Denver call Pinche Taco, I can never get enough of that place (or their Margaritas).
What got you into cooking?
Starvation and the need to live in nice places.