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Jeff Smith (TV personality)
Jeff Smith (January 22, 1939 - July 7, 2004) was the author of a dozen best-selling cookbooks and the host of The Frugal Gourmet, a popular American cooking show that began in Tacoma, Washington and aired on PBS from 1988 to 1997. He started off as a United Methodist minister whose first food-related venture was the Chaplain's Pantry, a deli and kitchen supply store near downtown Tacoma, where he offered cooking classes to the public. Soon after launching the show in Tacoma he received a cooking show on a local PBS affiliate in Seattle. With an appearance on the Phil Donahue show and a move to Chicago, his career took off. In 1998, Smith got into a sex scandal when several men alleged that he had sexually assaulted them in the 1970s. Even though Smith denied the accusations, he was taken off the air shortly afterward. Though he was never charged with a crime, the stigma associated with the accusations kept him from returning to the airwaves.
According to the Seattle Times obituary Smith was known in the industry as a "food genius." Kathy Casey, the Times's food columnist said that "he knew more about food and culture than anybody I know in the food world." She also mentioned that Smith had been a generous philanthropist - donating both money and time to charitable causes and helping individuals get started in the food industry, even after the abuse allegations short-circuited his career.
He died in his sleep of heart disease.
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