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Mississippi welcomes Oprah’s former chef

61606-chefartsmith2This week, Madison will welcome celebrity chef Art Smith, who once worked as Mississippi native Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Smith and other local chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations during St. Andrews Episcopal School’s Designer Showhouse event.

Two of the chefs participating, Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive-In restaurant in Jackson and John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, were named semi-finalists for James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the food world. Currence was later named one of the five finalists in the Best Chef South category.

Oh, and designer Laurie Smith, a Jackson resident and star of TLC’s Trading Spaces, will be present signing her new book.

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