The Chefs Behind Southern Art

Our local spot ranks among the best restaurants in Buckhead; and when you look into the kitchen, it’s easy to see why. With decades of experience and a handful of awards between them, Art Smith and David Bartlett have raised Atlanta’s culinary standard, without compromising their Southern background.

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Art Smith

Art Smith is a veteran of the cooking world. He served as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef for 10 years; penned four award-winning cookbooks; won a pair of James Beard Foundation Awards; and inspired countless culinarians. As the visionary behind Southern Art, Smith crafted a menu that’s heavy on Southern classics, served with a contemporary twist. For Smith, food brings people together; he hopes his latest endeavor will stay true to that belief.

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David Bartlett

David Bartlett grew up around food — he spent his formative years in his family's restaurant in Macon, developing a passion for cooking. He followed his calling to a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson and Wales University. Since then, David's developed his own style: He maintained an urban honeybee apiary while with the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead; initiated the InterContinental's ongoing Whiskey Walk series; and strives to utilize fresh, local, ethically-sourced ingredients wherever possible as our Chef de Cuisine.

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