BJ SmithTopChef 14. Culinary Director. Partner.(14)
Portland, OR


B.J. Smith, “Top Chef Season 14” contestant, brings more than two decades of culinary experience to his role.

His love for cooking brought him to the former Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon where he graduated in 1997. Post graduation life led him to the kitchens of nationally acclaimed restaurants: Le Bernardin and Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City. Smith conceived Smokehouse in 2010 as a way to apply all he had learned in his fine dining cooking career. His first location, Smokehouse 21, located in Northwest Portland, debuted in November of 2011, followed by Smokehouse Tavern in 2015, Vancouver’s Smokehouse Provisions in 2016 and Kim Jong Smokehouse in 2016.Smith has been a featured Chef for several food and wine events for the past several years. Aspen, Pebble Beach and Charleston to name a few. Smith had recently been a featured chef at The James Beard house in NYC.