Baltimore native, Chef Heather Smith, began her culinary career in Baltimore’s most exclusive clubs and restaurants. After beginning a Private Chef Service, traveling with clients, Chef Smith achieved a long-held goal to teach children. After over five years in education, the opportunity for travel presented itself, and Chef Smith headed to South America. In Bahia, Brazil, she had what she describes as a defining moment of clarity regarding her life, career path and purpose.  Like many people from the African Diaspora, Chef Smith acknowledges not truly “knowing” where her ancestors were from. Through her culinary art, she studies the spices, preparations, celebrations and culture of food on the Continent of Africa and beyond. As part of her practice she’s present and open to any preparations, rituals, feelings that stand out as an ancestral memory. She bringing her expertise and stories to each dish and the community at large. Presently, Chef Smith has a cult-like following of food lovers and she continues to bring her flavor and style to pop ups, catering events, and now, Showroom Bar and Café!

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