Of course, Art Smith and his chicken won.
The chef to the stars recently booked a spot on the champions round of Bravo cooking show Top Chef Masters as he did what he does best - fry some chicken. Talking to the cabler, Smith revealed the dining secrets of some of his most famous clientele, the Obama's and Oprah, arguably the most powerful bunch in America today. Smith is Oprah's personal chef for 10 years.
According to the Chicago native, the first family can't get enough of his turkey and dressing, followed by his signature dessert, hummingbird cupcakes, which incorporates crushed pineapple, pecans, cinnamon and bananas. Oprah, meanwhile, loves Art's chicken and foccacia bread, while her sidekick Gayle King usually opts for a lemon pancake breakfast and a tomato pie.
Smith was able to demonstrate his famous skill in frying chicken on the last episode of Top Chef Masters. He in fact squealed in delight right after opening his box of ingredients and finding chicken. "My middle name is chicken!" he said. Indeed.
The owner of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington D.C. revealed more celebrity favorites to Bravo. New York Giants QB Eli Manning, for instance, is always happy with a dish of shrimp and grits; White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's favorite is his chocolate souffle; while Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president, can't get enough of his braised oxtails.
Smith will face off with Anisa's Anita Lo, Fleur de Lys' Hubert Keller, Bottega Restaurant's Michael Chiarello, Frontera Grill's Rick Bayless, and Jar's Suzanne Tracht in the champions round of Top Chef Masters kicking off next week Wednesday on Bravo.