The hit reality television series Food Network Star has given birth to many stars of the culinary world and Jason Smith is just one of them. The man specializes in baking and is also the winner of the Holiday Baking Championship. A self-taught chef, Jason’s recipes are not only mouth-watering but also budget-friendly. Currently, Jason serves as a judge in the reality show Best Baker in America. This article will bring everything to know about Jason Smith and his career including a delve into his personal life.
Who indeed is Jason Smith?
He is an American chef, home baker, entrepreneur, television personality & host who rose to prominence as the winner of the thirteenth season of the Food Network television series Food Network Star. He had previously won the third season of Holiday Baking Championship. He has a net worth of over USD 1.7 million as of 2023.
How old is Chef Jason Smith?
A family man through and through, Jason Smith was born in Laural County, Kentucky, United States on December 16, 1977. The birthdate makes him 45 years old. Jason is Sagittarius born and according to the zodiac reading, he is said to have the traits of being creative, expressive, adventurous, resourceful, and always on the go.
Early Life & Education:
Jason Smith grew up in his hometown of Kentucky. His pursuit of education took him to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where he studied Cosmetology. Jason did not take any formal training or education at the culinary institute instead it was his grandmother who taught him at home. Jason loved his grandmother’s cooking and as early as the age of 6, he would join her in the kitchen and eventually learn her cooking recipes.
Career as a Chef:
While Jason Smith has worked as a professional event planner & caterer and floral designer for which he was inducted into the Kentucky Floral Association Hall of Fame in 2016 he has found success, particularly in the field of chef. Jason is a self-taught home baker who started his culinary career as a school cafeteria cooking manager and caterer in his hometown of Grayson, Kentucky. He is also known for his colorful outfits, quirky sayings and country bling style.
But don’t let his humble origins fool you. Chef Jason Smith is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. He has proven his skills and creativity by winning two of the most prestigious competitions on Food Network: Holiday Baking Championship and Food Network Star.
His journey to fame began in 2016, when he applied for Holiday Baking Championship on a whim. He impressed the judges with his inventive and delicious desserts, such as his bourbon pecan pie cake and his eggnog cream pie with gingersnap crust. He beat out 11 other bakers to take home the $50,000 prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.
He then returned to Food Network in 2017, as one of the contestants on Food Network Star, Season 13. He faced tough challenges and fierce competition from 12 other aspiring chefs, but he never lost his charm and confidence. He wowed the judges and viewers with his modern, elevated and budget-friendly dishes, such as his fried chicken with cornbread waffles and bourbon maple syrup, and his smoked salmon cheesecake with everything bagel crust. He also showcased his personality and charisma on camera, earning him the nickname of “Lord Honey”. He ultimately won the hearts of America and became the next Food Network Star.
Since then, Chef Jason Smith has been busy with various projects on Food Network and beyond. He has served as a judge on Best Baker in America, Worst Bakers in America and Holiday Wars. He has also appeared as a guest judge on Christmas Cookie Challenge. He has shared his recipes and tips on various shows and platforms, such as The Kitchen, Food Network Magazine and Facebook Live. He has also launched his own website, where he posts his latest creations and updates.
Philanthropy and activism:
Chef Jason Smith is not only a talented chef and baker, but also a passionate advocate for local food and farmers. He believes in using fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients in his cooking, and supporting the communities that produce them. He is also involved in several charitable causes, such as No Kid Hungry and Feeding America. On his association, the man has gone on to say;
“I believe every child deserves a great start in life and a good meal is that start, so I raise funds and send to No Child Hungry as often as I can.”
Jason also associates himself with School Nutrition Association which he joined in 2009 when he was a cafeteria manager. The celebrity chef is also active with North East Dairy Association.
Chef Jason Smith is the author of a cookbook titled Lord Honey: Traditional Southern Recipes with a Country Bling Twist. It is expected to be released on August 28, 2023. He also writes a blog where he shares his recipes, tips and stories. He has also contributed to various publications and websites such as Food Network, The Courier-Journal and The Christian Post.
Social Media Presence:
Chef Jason Smith has a social media presence on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. He also has a blog where he shares his recipes, tips and stories. He has appeared on various television shows and online platforms such as the Rachel Ray Show, Pickler & Ben, Home & Family, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and LEX18 News.
A quiet married life?
Jason is an outgoing person which is evident on his social media handles. However, for an incredibly outgoing man, Jason rarely talks about his love life. As for his relationship status, he has not revealed if he is married or dating anyone. The man has remained tightlipped in all of his interviews regarding his personal affairs. Outmanuvering his way from questions regarding relationships, Jason has managed to divert the attention of the media from his private life. This has given birth to the speculation that Jason is in fact, Gay. But the man himself has never confirmed the rumors and as of the current date, there is no evidence to back or deny the rumor. Jason also is not known to have any children.
Chef Jason Smith has a standing height of 5 feet 8 inches. He has white skin, hazel eyes, and dark brown hair. He often wears glasses and colorful clothes that match his personality. He likes to accessorize with hats, scarves, bow ties and aprons.