From Mom with Love: Chef Art Smith of Art & Soul, Southern Art + Table 52 Shares Mom Addie Mae Smith’s Recipe for Chicken and Dumplings

With three successful restaurants and a worldwide following, Chef Art Smith is certainly making his mother proud!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve asked chefs to share a recipe inspired by their own mom. Oprah Winfrey’s favorite, Art Smith, Executive Chef and owner of Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, Georgia, and Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, Illinois, tells you how to make Chicken and Dumplings just like his mother, Addie Mae Smith.

Chef Art Smith tells us, “This is my mother Addie Mae Smith’s recipe. What Southern women doesn’t make chicken and dumplings?” A staple of the diets of those who live below the Mason-Dixon Line, he notes, “Anyone from the rural South was raised on it.”

Chef Art Smith has a very close relationship with his beloved mother, Addie Smith – and it is very evident in all his restaurants. Along with her chicken and dumplings, he says, “Her 12-layer chocolate cake and deviled eggs are stars at Table Fifty-Two, and her spirit can be tasted and felt at Art and Soul.” He’s made this very recipe for foodies around the globe, from South Africa to a ship in Russia. His mother’s recipe isn’t the only thing that travels with Chef Smith. “Mother goes all over with me because she takes the whole little village of Jasper, Florida, on her trips with her celebrity chef baby son!

His mom’s rendition of this dish features “simple ingredients — a nice chicken and the holy trinity, a.k.a.  onions, celery, and carrots.” Despite the simplicity of the ingredients, Chef Smith warns, “The key is a great broth and perfectly cooked dumplings. Which sounds easy, yes? Nope! It takes years of perfection!” If you’re not feeling brave enough to make a go on your own, head to Atlanta. He shares, “Ours at Southern Art are pretty close, and Mother will try them on Mother’s Day at the restaurant.”Continue Reading

Chef Watch: Jamie Lauren’s Walk-In; Ron Duprat’s Efforts to Help Haiti; Patricia Yeo’s ‘Son-in-Law’ Eggs; and More

Chef-WatchChefs who are making headlines this week…

* Jamie Lauren, from “Top Chef “Season 5, shows the Grub Street gang her super-neat walk-in at San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie, where she’s the executive chef.  [Grub Street San Francisco]

* Speaking of “Top Chef”, Season 6 contestant Ron Duprat, executive chef at Latitudes Beach Café at the Hollywood Beach Marriot in Florida, is organizing a dining relief effort for Haiti on February 14, 2010. Duprat, a native of Haiti, will be joined by other former “Top Chef” contestants including Mattin Noblia (of Illuna Basque in San Francisco), Hector Santiago (of Pura Vida in Atlanta) and Michael Voltaggio is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room at The Langham in Pasadena, California. [BlackNews.com]

* Patricia Yeo of Boston’s Ginger Park Kitchen + Bar discusses her “Scottish Son-in-Law Eggs” that are egg-citing (I couldn’t help it) diners at her Boston restaurant. [Boston Herald]

* Chef Simon Dolinky of BLVD 16 is honoring those who make dineLA possible with a discounted tasting menu for restaurant-industry employees only. The offer runs from February 9-14. BLVD 16 is also participating in dineLA, so those of us not in the industry can still enjoy his meals at a steal. [Grub Street Los Angeles]

* Former chef to Oprah and restaurateur Art Smith, of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., dishes on earning a spot in the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame (nevermind that the museum itself has yet to find a spot). [Chicago Tribune]