Smith, Jeffrey

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Born: Jan 22, 1939 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Chef


1939 - Born on January 22nd in Seattle, Washington.

         - He grew up in a close family, and learned some of his first lessons in food, and in frugal cooking from his mother. His love of wine; one of the most prominent elements in his cooking, came from his friendship, in his youth, with a doctor named Lester Baskin. Dr. Baskin introduced young Smith to wine while he was studying to become a Methodist minister.

1962 - Enrolled at University of Puget Sound. As an assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound, Jeff began a cooking class, as a way of teaching his students about history, and different cultures: "eating history", as Smith put it.

1965 - Graduated at Drew University, New Jersey.

         - Ordained as a minister in the United Methodist Church.

1966 - Married to Patricia Smith.

         - Served as Chaplain at the University of Puget Sound.

1972 - Lead to the opening of his Chaplain's Pantry cooking school in Tacoma. And from there The Frugal Gourmet was born.

1977 - The first shows were produced at KTPS in Tacoma, and Jeff's first cookbook was published.

1981 - He underwent surgery to replace a heart valve.

         - The Frugal Gourmet had become the highest rated cooking show on television, and Jeff's books soared up the bestseller lists as soon as they were released.

1995 - Appeared as an actor in the film Grumpier Old Men.

         - Jeff Smith hosted The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast for the Odyssey Network. And then, he retired from television, leaving behind a legacy of loyal fans; people who learned to cook, eat well, and enjoy life... with lots of Garlic.

2004 - Died on July 7th.
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