Jeff Smith (chef) Edit

Jeff Smith was the author of several best selling cookbooks and the host of The Frugal Gourmet, a popular American cooking show which began locally in Tacoma, Washington in 1973 as Cooking Fish Creatively, and later moved to WTTW Chicago in 1983, and finally, to A La Carte Communications in 1990.

Early life Edit

Smith was born on January 22, 1939. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1962, and in 1965, from Drew University Theological School in New Jersey, which ordained Smith a minister in the United Methodist Church. He was a chaplain at the University of Puget Sound from 1966 to 1972. In 1966, Smith married his wife Patricia "Patty" Smith, and had two sons, Channing and Jason. Patricia is credited by ongoing the nickname "Frugal Gourmet".

In 1972, Smith retired from schooling, where he started cooking at his deli and kitchen supply store called the Chaplain's Pantry, where Smith also offered his cooking students to the public. In 1981, Smith had a heart valve replacement. In 1983, after Smith was selling the Chaplain's Pantry, he packed up and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he became the host of The Frugal Gourmet, and gained national recognition

Career Edit

Smith aired first cooking show aired locally in 1973 by KTPS-TV, and the show was called Cooking Fish Creatively, on Smith's first cooking show, he prepares step-by-step instructions on different cooking techniques and dishes to cook fish. At the end of the show, Smith would close each episode of Cooking Fish Creatively by saying "Like love, fish is good for your heart".

The first six episodes of Cooking Fish Creatively were broadcast in black-and-white, but KTPS-TV got federal grant for color cameras and Smith wanted to design another cooking show. Following a move to WTTW in Chicago in 1983, he began wearing a striped apron to become The Frugal Gourmet, and gained national recognition. Elmo appeared many times on The Frugal Gourmet.

During each half-hour episode, Smith prepares step-by-step instructions on a mad-dash through a wide variety of cooking techniques and dishes without wasting your money. He goes to different places by showing food from many different cultures. Smith was joined by his assistant chef Craig Wollam in 1986, and stayed until the end of the series in 1995.

The theme music used for his program was a piece of the famous Water Music by George Frederick Handel called the Bourree movement. In 1990, Smith took The Frugal Gourmet to A La Carte Communications, which also created Julia Child's later series produced by Maryland Public Television, the same studio where MotorWeek was taped. Smith has also appeared in TV commercials for Columbia Crest wines. His show aired for a total of 261 episodes from 1983 to 1995.

Smith would close every episode by saying "Until i see you again, this is the Frugal Gourmet; i bid you peace, bye-bye". In 1995, he hosted The Frugal Gourmet Keeps The Feast for the Odyssey Network. and then, Smith retired from television in 1995 that same year, he acted in the film Grumpier Old Men.

Sexual abuse allegations Edit

In 1997, Smith had sexual abuse allegations without criminal charges.

Death Edit

Smith died in his sleep of heart disease at the age of 65 on July 7, 2004. Smith was survived by his wife Patricia "Patty" Smith, and two sons Channing and Jason.

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