Chef Art Smith Planning Airport Restaurant Chain
Top Chef Masters contestant and Lady Gaga's chef friend Art Smith is reportedly in talks to create restaurant airport concepts in Washington, D.C., the Washingtonian reports.
Smith, who was formerly the personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, told the Washingtonian that following his upcoming restaurant Lyfe Kitchen (Love Your Food Everyday Kitchen, with no white sugar, flour, or GMO ingredients), he'll be looking into airport restaurants.
"I’m looking at doing some stuff at the airports — at Dulles and Reagan — and I’m also interested in a very successful concept we have in Atlanta. It’s an artisanal ham bar that we’re interested in bringing to the city," he said.
And while this may be all talk, it seems like Smith has started working on the airport concept, focusing specifically on healthy food for D.C.-area airports. "They’re going to be fast-casual, and they’re going to be health-driven," he said. "We already started working on them, and it’ll probably be in the next year. Lyfe will be opening in the next year, and the others I’d say in the next year to two years."
Other celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, Jamie Oliver, and Wolfgang Puck have successfully created actually tasty airport restaurants, although flying and dining still has a bad rep. Check out our slideshow for the 31 best airport restaurants around the world.