The Chef


Chef Colin Smith

Since age 14, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Chef Colin Smith has seen many restaurant kitchens. Now with 30 years of culinary experience, Colin integrates tradition, innovation and creativity.

Colin attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and began his career as an apprentice in the kitchens of European chefs throughout the Bay area. He then went on to work in some notable restaurants like; Lippizaner, Duck Club, Saros, Danville Hotel and Stars.

Colin came to Reno in 1994 and has done upscale, exclusive catering events ever since. He has been responsible for opening seven separate restaurants throughout the Reno-Tahoe area. Colin is a mentor for the Pro Start Culinary program, a founder of the Big Chefs Big Gala event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, an active member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the High Sierra Chefs Association.

Chef Colin is trained in the classical European style of cooking which shows in his technique and approach to unforgettable cuisine.

Favorite dish to make at home: Italian chicken with canavalia beans, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth with white wine, oregano and onions

Biggest achievement: My pride in being a dad. And supporting 25 families in my business.

Approach to service: Anticipating and being in front of the customer’s needs.