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Born in New York City, Michael Smith received his undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and subsequently graduated with honors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. After graduating culinary school, Smith would work in restaurants in London, South America and the Caribbean before returning to New York City to cook in restaurants in Manhattan. Smith moved to Prince Edward Island in 1992, to cook at The Inn at Bay Fortune. The Inn quickly became one of the top restaurants in Canada. In 1999, Smith opened his own restaurant, Maple, in Halifax, which also became a top restaurant in Canada. In 2001, Smith left Maple to focus fulltime on cooking based television shows. Currently Smith is the host of 4 shows, Chef at Home, Chef at Large, Chef Abroad and Chef Michael’s Kitchen. Smith also previously hosted The Inn Chef from 1998 to 2000 and has made appearances on Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada and Chopped: Canada. Smith is also the author of 9 different cookbooks, with his most recent 1 hitting the shelves in the fall of 2015.