The Hot Southern Chef Is Coming to Town

As Food Network Celebrity Chef Jason Smith would say, “Honey, if cookin’ is a chore, then you ain’t been doin’ it right!”

Three-time winner of Food Network competitions, Smith stays true to his Southern roots and Kentucky heritage by relying on the Southern Trinity of country cooking: bacon, butter, and bourbon. By adding fresh vibrant ingredients and new approaches to traditional Southern comfort food, Chef Jason has found a way to preserve the legacy of his ancestors’ home cooking.

After years of being asked for his recipes, Smith has put together his first cookbook, “Lord Honey: Traditional Southern Recipes with a Country Bling Twist.” From sweet tea and bourbon fried chicken to sweet tater casserole and peach cobbler, the recipes and photos will have your mouth watering in no time.

Smith grew up on a Kentucky farm spending time in the kitchen with his grandma, and realized that food brings people together and makes them happy. From that time until now, food has been his main passion, as well as making people happy. Through the years, he has taken time-tested classic recipes and added twists that he likes to call “Country Bling.”

To celebrate the publication of his cookbook, “Lord Honey” will be the featured guest at a Culinary Arts luncheon at Story & Song Center for Arts & Culture Tuesday, September 12 at 12:30 p.m. Rachel Tyler, Story & Song’s Director of Culinary Arts, will prepare several of Chef Jason’s signature dishes including warm kale and butternut squash salad, glazed turkey cutlets, mac and cheese, and orange blondies. $55 tickets, available at, include an autographed copy of the cookbook, lunch, and the program.

All are invited to meet Chef Jason Smith at 2 p.m. when he signs copies of “Lord Honey.”

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