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Chef Sakari Smithwick

Growing up Chef Sakari Smithwick spent his childhood between New York and North Carolina.  Coming from humble beginnings, Sakari began his career as a McDonald's grill cook, and has spent the past 11 years honing his craft! After receiving his BBA in Restaurant Management, Sakari brought his talents to Marea (2 Michelin Stars), Eleven Madison Park (3 Michelin Stars), and Ukiyo; alongside Chef Marco Prins where Sakari earned his first Michelin star. In 2019, he was featured on Food Network's Chopped, impressively making it to the final dessert round. Most recently, Sakari has spent the last year working and traveling around Europe and has now returned home to bring his vision alive with Noble Promise. His mission is to use food to bridge the gap between different races in America.