Oprah, Lady Gaga's chef to cook for Israeli needy

Chef Art Smith is coming to Israel as a cultural ambassador under the US State Department's Diplomatic Culinary Partnership.

April 24, 2013 15:26
Lady Gaga in a meat dress.

Lady Gaga in a meat dress370. (photo credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)


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American chef Art Smith, who cooked for Lady Gaga and was Oprah Winfrey's personal chef for 10 years will be coming to Israel to cook for Holocaust survivors and hold a cooking workshop for youth at risk.

The American Embassy in Tel Aviv said that Smith was coming as a cultural ambassador under the the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, a program according to the US Department of State's website, that is meant to "elevate the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts."   

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While in Israel Smith is also slated to work with Israeli and Palestinian chefs who belong to the organization Chefs for Peace and meet with Beduin women in the Negev who established a food operation that makes food for children, the embassy said.  

Lady Gaga was in Israel in 2009, when she performed the last show of her Fame Ball tour in Tel Aviv.

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