One of the most popular television celebrity chefs, Michael Smith is the kind of cook you’d want in your kitchen: affable, creative, no-nonsense. Based in Prince Edward Island, his down-home appeal has resulted in four wildly successful tv series, seen in close to 30 countries. Born in the US and trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Michael chose the cosy environment of a Canadian country inn to make his culinary mark. Since then he has won the hearts of thousands of amateur cooks who identify with his unpretentious but elegant recipes. In fact Michael celebrates cooking without a recipe: His series “Chef at Home” (and subsequent cookbook) encourages amateur cooks to experiment, be brave, and add a little of this and a little of that. It’s certainly worked for him.