PEI, Keynote Speaker
Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. He’s the host of Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef at Home and Chef Abroad seen on Food Network Canada, Global and in more than 100 other countries. He’s a judge on Chopped Canada and traveled the world for his innovative web series Lentil Hunter.
Chef Michael and his wife Chastity have recently realized a dream and purchased The Inn at Bay Fortune in Prince Edward Island. This summer they will re-launch the property where Michael gained international fame, with a new spirit of hospitality and an innovative dining experience, the FireWorks.
Michael is Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador, Canada’s best selling cookbook author, innkeeper, educator, professional chef and home cook. He led the team of Sodexo chefs that cooked for the world’s Olympians in the Whistler Athletes’ Village in 2010. His ninth cookbook, Make Ahead Meals, launched in September 2015 and is currently number one on the bestsellers list and his 2014 cookbook, Family Meals, won the award for Best English Cookbook at the Taste Canada Awards 2015. His food media production company and test kitchen, Culinart Limited, is breaking new ground and his social media platforms are Canada’s top choice for foodie fun.
While Michael is a true chef at large his favourite role is Dad, at home on Prince Edward Island with his wife Chastity and his children: Gabe, Ariella and Camille! Michael is an avid map collector, long-time windsurfer and novice kite sailor.