Farina | Extra Virgin
Kansas City, MO
Chef Michael Smith developed a passion for cooking at an early age and honed his skills in Nice, France, and Chicago’s acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s, among other high profile cities and restaurants. In 1994, Smith assumed the helm of Kansas City’s revered The American Restaurant as Executive Chef and Corporate Chef. As one of Kansas City’s first James Beard Award-winning chefs and proprietor of popular Kansas City Crossroads Arts District restaurants — Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin and now Farina, which opened in February 2019 — Smith is regarded for his innovation, use of artisanal products, attention to detail and inspiration gained from world travel. Smith received a Menu Masters Chef Innovator of the Year Award and represents Kansas City and the Kansas City Chiefs for the Taste of the NFL. A culinary philanthropist, he generously gives back to the city that enthusiastically supports locally owned restaurants. Smith continues to elevate experiential dining in one of the country’s hottest food destinations and Farina continues his love affair with Modern Italian cuisine.