May 2, 2011
Tyler Florence may be a hot item on the New York culinary scene, but he's a Southern gentleman at heart. His love of cooking and appreciation of fresh ingredients are rooted in his parents' South Carolina garden and kitchen. With stars in his eyes and a stack of Art Culinaire magazines under his arm, Tyler moved to New York City in 1992 to sharpen his skills with the city's top chefs. After extended stints with Charlie Palmer at Aureole, Marta Pulini at Mad 61 and Rick Laakonen at the River Café, he was ready for his own stage.
Brad Long is a Canadian born chef. He is known for his appearances on the hit Food Network show Restaurant Makeover, which is seen in over 16 countries worldwide.
For ten years Chef Long worked at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment where he was responsible for feeding more than 20 million fans at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and BMO Field. His responsibilities included creating team meals for the organization's NBA and NHL teams; and overseeing quick service, catering and restaurants including The Platinum Club, one of Toronto’s finest dining rooms.
A native of Jasper, Florida, Art Smith studied at the Florida State University School of Business. He began his career with two internships at The Greenbrier Resort and was then selected to attend the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program.
Following graduation, Art took a position working at the Florida Governor’s Mansion where he worked as executive chef for Governor Bob Graham, now a U.S. senator, and his wife Adele. He continued to cook for families all over the globe, including other well-known politicians and celebrities.