Chef Art Smith

Chicago q is not your ordinary barbecue joint. Since opening in 2010, Our Chefs have created a barbecue experience like none other by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a Savannah-style dining room, imbued with Southern charm and comfort. 
The restaurant serves  award-winning competition fare alongside regional favorites from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, which pair perfectly with the best selection of rare and exclusive bourbons in Chicago. Whether in the neighborhood or traveling to the city, a group of two or one of 50, Chicago q is the ideal space for any gathering or occasion.

Chef Art Smith is not your ordinary Pitmaster

Art Smith is a critically acclaimed celebrity chef and co-owner of the highly successful restaurants Art and Soul in Washington D.C., and Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta. He is known for his expertise in Southern cooking and is a natural manning the pits at Chicago q. 
Smith, who was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2007 by the James Beard Foundation, has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities and most powerful dignitaries including governors Bob Graham and George Bush. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted more than a decade. Since then, he has authored three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families and Back to Family. 
Most recently, he has made several television appearances including ABC’s Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special, Top Chef and served as a judge for BBQ Pitmasters.

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