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 in Tacoma, Washington in 1973 as Cooking Fish Creatively, and later moved to WTTW Chicago, and finally, to A La Carte Communications.
Early life Edit
Smith was born on January 22, 1939. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1962 at the age of 22, and then in 1965, from Drew University Theological School in New Jersey at the age of 25, which ordained Smith a minister in the United Methodist Church.
He became a chaplain at the University of Puget Sound at the age of 26 in 1966.
Then in 1966, that same year, CBS cancelled The Dick Van Dyke Show and left the air after five seasons and 158 half-hour episodes, Smith married his wife Patricia "Patty" Smith on wedding day and Smith had two sons Channing and Jason.
Patricia is credited by ongoing the nickname "Frugal Gourmet".
In 1972, Smith retired from schooling at the age of 32, where he started cooking at his deli and kitchen supply store called the Chaplain's Pantry Restaurant and Gourmet Shop, where Smith also offered his cooking students to the public.
In 1981, the same year MotorWeek debuted, Smith had a heart valve replacement at the age of 41.
In 1983, Smith sold the Chaplain's Pantry Restaurant and Gourmet Shop at the age of 43, so Smith packed up and moved to Chicago, Illinois.
At the age of 33, Smith had first cooking show aired 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.
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.
Smith was later joined by his assistant chef Craig Wollam.
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 Productions, 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.
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.