A redesign of the student dining area is in the works, and Smith purchases as many local and fresh products as possible. He'll have a fusion station featuring fried rice and pasta, sauces and toppings made to order.
"No more opening boxes and cans," he said. "Everything will be as fresh as possible."
Smith's resume includes positions with the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla., the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and the Windsor Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Although this is his first job in higher education dining, Smith said AVI Fresh, the food operations managing company at University of Charleston, has extensive experience feeding college students.
He returned to Charleston in 2007 as executive chef for Meticulous caterers.
"I'm proud to be in Charleston. I wanted to get out and see what other states have to offer and bring it back here," Smith said. "It was important to come back and give to the community where I was raised."
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