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Meet chef Bron Smith

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Chef, Bron Smith

Dining Venues: Central Kitchen

Meet Chef Bron

  • What brought you to the UO?
  • The outstanding reputation of the university, the dynamic team I met during the interview process, and the opportunity to live in a unique city like Eugene.
  • What is your favorite dish to prepare?
  • It’s always hard to pick a favorite; the world of food is vast. If I had to choose one, it would be braised beef shank over soft polenta, a rich demi-glace, broccolini finished in butter and stock, and a crusty piece of bread. A great Oregon Pinot Noir would make it perfect.
  • What influences the recipes you cook?
  • I love fresh, natural ingredients prepared using classic methods. I’m excited when food is prepared in a way that highlights its natural flavor.
  • What is unique about the UO dining experience?
  • This team works exceptionally hard to source local products, find organic produce, and purchase humanely raised meats. There is a real commitment in Dining Services to making student life at the UO a unique experience and making food service great.
  • What did you eat for breakfast in dining today?
  • I had housemade granola with soymilk, a small scone, coffee, and green tea.
  • The universe is ending, and you have 45 minutes to cook one last meal. What would it be, and why?
  • I wouldn’t spend too much time at the stove. I’d have a variety of cheese with complex flavors, Spanish chorizo, manchego, sherry from the Jerez region, olives, mussels finished in wine and butter, roasted vegetables, and a good Pinot Noir. It doesn’t get any better than that!