Chef Michael Smith developed a passion for cooking at an early age and honed his skills in Nice, France, and Chicago’s iconic restaurant, Charlie Trotter’s, among others, before assuming the helm in 1994 of Kansas City’s revered The American Restaurant as Executive Chef and Corporate Chef. One of Kansas City’s first James Beard Award-winning chefs, Chef Smith opened two popular Kansas City Crossroads Arts District restaurants, Michael Smith and Extra Virgin — in 2007 and 2008, respectively, at 1900 Main Street. He opened his Modern Italian concept, Farina, at 19 W. 19th St., at the corner of 19th & Baltimore, in February 2019. Regarded for the innovative use of artisanal products, attention to detail and inspiration gained from world travel, Chef Smith draws on a wealth of experience. A culinary philanthropist, he generously gives back to the city that enthusiastically supports locally owned restaurants. Chef Smith — ranked among the nation’s most respected and recognized chefs — along with his wife, partner, wine director/general manager Nancy Smith, elevates experiential dining in one of the country’s hottest food destinations. Farina continues Chef Smith’s love affair with Italian cuisine and Kansas City. For more information about Farina, visit https://farinakc.com.