Glenn Howard Smith: Born on the 245th day of the year, the same year that CBS Evening News became the first ever half hour news cast. As a dedicated Colorado native with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and adventure, he has traveled the most world and was nearly a ex-pat to the beautiful country of New Zealand. Long before that, throughout his childhood, he would most likely be found working in his fathers wood-shop building and rebuilding most everything. A trait that is still part of his fabric to this day.
After Graduating high school, the decision was made to enter the world at the ripe young age of 18 years old. Wanting to continue with schooling in Architecture, Art Direction or Industrial Design, it became evedent that was an impossibility at that time. Undaunted, Glenn found ways to create a very interesting life.
Creativity and opportunity can be found in many places. As a key component of survival, he like many others, took a cooks job in a local hotel restaurant. He recognized that food was a great medium with unlimited possibilities, the chance to learn a trade hands on and equally important, the medium tasted much better than acrylic paint or modeling clay. That was the catalyst to a 20+ year career in the culinary arts. It afforded him the opportunity work, eat and travel the world.
Within that time, Glenn found himself living and working in world renowned, beautiful Aspen, Colorado. In that time he discovered abruptly, that he had a congenital heart issue that was quickly, and successfully rectified. The residual effect of that life changing surprise, was that it was recommended that he places himself in a “lower stress” environment. So he did. As an avid fishermen with ambition, he became a professional fly fishing guide. His ability to instruct, communicate and understand how to “read people and read the waters”, He quickly became one of the Roaring Fork Valleys premiere and most sought after guides.
The only downfall of that wonderful lifestyle is that it is seasonally dependent. To fortify his income without heading back to a restaurant kitchen, he took it upon himself to become a private chef, create a catering company as well as becoming the Chef in Residence at The Cooking School Of Aspen. Know exclusively as a chef/entertainer, became a staple in the Aspen culinary scene.
He has also designed and built houses, office spaces (AIA Awarded) and furniture. He received his General Contractors license, designed and built The Pullman Restaurant in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Among his other talents, he happily restores vintage motorcycles and bicycles. If that is not enough, he works with non-profits and he is an aspiring stand-up comedian.
Now, as the world turns, Glenn now resides in Oakland Ca.