(Continued from page 2) Chef Innovator: Michael Smith The chef-owner of Michael Smith restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., has been a standard-bearer for culinary excellence for the past 20 years. Starting at Chateau Pyrenees in Denver, first under Jean-Pierre Lelievre and then Georges Mavrothalassitis, Smith traveled to the south of France in 1985, cooking in Nice and Cassis. He returned to the United States in 1987 and became sous chef at the legendary Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. Smith ...

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