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The Man

Chef Donald Smith, a true embodiment of culinary excellence and community engagement. Hailing from the vibrant city of New Orleans, the heart of Creole and Cajun culture; Chef D’s journey transcends the kitchen.


Founder of Chef D'z Services, he’s deeply involved in community initiatives. Smith, a King of the 2023 Mardi Gras Season for Krewe of NOMTOC, and a trailblazer with Chef D’z Fine Dining Restaurant and Chef D’z Grab n Go in Arkansas, the latter marking his distinction as the first African American entrepreneur in town.


Beyond his culinary feats, Chef D is an author, global traveler, and visionary entrepreneur who dares to seize opportunities others might shy away from. With a unique ‘SwagHer,’ he infuses his signature style into his dishes, creating a feast for the eyes and the plate. In this captivating interview, Chef D shares insights about his culinary journey, inspiring influences, and his passion for expressing emotions through food. From his impactful community endeavors to his entrepreneurial ventures, Chef Donald Smith’s unstoppable spirit and innovative approach truly exemplify a remarkable and dynamic entrepreneur.

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“I tell people all the time, you have to be in love with that pot!” 

- Leah Chase -


Fun Fact


Located in the state of Louisiana, New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area of the state, as well as one of the United States' biggest ports. The city was named after the well-known Duke of Orleans, and it is famous all around the world for its distinct and unique architectural style that encompasses French and Spanish elements...and home of the mouthwatering CAJUN and CREOLE foods!

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