Chef Kyle Smothers

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts

chef instructor kyle smothers
Location: Online programs
Favorite Dish: French Macarons

"We all have it in us to create the life we deserve. It takes time, patience, and the ability to learn from our mistakes!"

Chef Kyle Smothers


Award-winning baker and Pastry Chef Kyle Smothers is all about chocolate. In fact, he won the “World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie” contest in Avon, Colorado in 2019!

Chef Kyle’s love of baking and pastries dates back to childhood, when he and his family baked sugar cookies together for holidays. After earning a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Keiser University, Chef Kyle began a career that took him around the country, from The Magic Kingdom in Florida, to high-end lodges in the Colorado Rockies, to the Meta Campus in Seattle.

He also founded his own Seattle bakery, Home Economics, which specialized in hand-decorated sugar cookies, laminated doughs, and breakfast pastries. He later relocated to South Carolina to work as Executive Pastry Chef for the University of South Carolina.

Chef Kyle is no stranger to televised baking! He was a semifinalist on the Girl Scout Cookie Championship and a series judge on Buddy vs. Duff Season 3 (2021). His team won Food Network’s Holiday Wars Season 2 in 2020, and he competed on Amazon Prime Video’s Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge.

Now he’s bringing all of that baking skill, competition prowess, and love of chocolate to Escoffier’s online Baking & Pastry program. Chef Kyle says, “I love being able to inspire the future pastry chefs of the world!”

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • Food Network Champion of Holiday Wars Season 2 (2020)
  • 2019 World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie, Avon, CO
  • Series Judge, Buddy vs Duff Season 3
  • Competitor on the Dr Seuss Baking Challenge (2022) on Amazon Prime Video
  • ServSafe® Manager

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Campus Executive Pastry Chef - University of South Carolina

Dish Examples

Key Lime "Pienna Cotta" with a Cookie Butter French Macaron, Blood Orange Sauce

I grew up in Florida, where any Pastry Chef worth their weight in sugar better have a signature kie lime inspired recipe!

Key Lime


  • Associate of Science Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, Keiser University, Sarasota, FL

Special Interests

I am an avid knitter and gamer, FOR THE ALLIANCE!

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