CHARLOTTETOWN —Chef Michael Smith was invested by Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada, into the Order of Canada during a ceremony on Oct. 20 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours, awarding those who have made significant contributions for their life-long contributions to a specific field of work. Smith has been honoured for his work as P.E.I.’s food ambassador.
Smith, a restaurateur, innkeeper, author, Food Network host, sustainability advocate and nutritional activist is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating healthy food lifestyles. As one of Canada’s best-known chefs, with a catalogue of 11 best-selling cookbooks, he regularly travels around the globe hosting culinary events. Smith has also been named Foodservice and Hospitality magazine’s 2022 Chef of the Year and will be recognized at its annual Pinnacle Awards being held Dec. 2 in Toronto.
“To be recognized for trying to make Canada a better place for us all is the greatest honour of my life,” says Smith.