Monica D. Smith

Culinary Arts

Accomplished TV and Radio Personality on National Cooking Shows
The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

The kitchen is the heart of the home and cooking is the vein for pumping out comfort foods. So circulate love with every dish and deliver your family and friends heart-warming meals. Monica D. Smith , Accomplished TV and Radio Personality on National Cooking Shows
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts , 2012 , The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

Monica D. Smith is an accomplished TV and radio personality, competing on the first season of Food Network’s primetime series “Guy’s Grocery Games,” participating in the first live online Google+ Hangout MasterChef Cook-a-long, and serving as guest chef on Charlotte’s NBC and CBS local affiliates’ news programs. She’s also the top chef contributor for Charlotte Prowler Magazine and was chef contestant on Food Network’s hit show “Cutthroat Kitchen." This fall she will guest star on “Flip My Food” with Chef Jeff Henderson and Guest Chef in a feature “sizzle-reel” for national TV production show, “The Specialist.” Chef Monica is currently the executive chef at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, where she’s responsible for planning and managing kitchen staff, procurement, production, and presentation for the church’s family and special events.

In addition to these many accomplishments, she is a recurring chef presenter at Food Lion’s CIAA Basketball Conference, Food Lion’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament and Chef Challenge, and Food Lion’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Chef Monica is no stranger to Food Lion, a grocery company with over 1,100 locations in the southeast and mid-Atlantic region. In 2013, her Mexican stew recipe was chosen by Food Lion as a featured item at its 2013 ACC Fanfest Chef Challenge. Her combination of culinary arts and nutrition talents makes her a sought-after expert on fresh cooking techniques, modern-styled southern foods, and lightened-up classic dishes. In addition to her culinary pursuits, Monica is the co-founder of the American Association of Suicidology’s “U ok?” youth suicide prevention program. She also hosts cooking classes for the Junior League’s “Kids in the Kitchen” series.

Chef Monica, who in 2012 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte, also holds a degree in Foods and Nutrition from Appalachian State University. In addition to her culinary endeavors, Chef Monica has worked as a high school foods teacher and with Gaston County School Nutrition, ordering and distributing food and supplies for over 33,000 students. She has over 20 years of experience in upper management and leadership positions within the food service, hotel, event planning, and hospitality industries. She adds that she’d like to add the title of “culinary instructor” to her already impressive résumé.

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