Trendsetter to Know: Lawrence ‘LT’ Smith

Name: Lawrence Smith (nickname: LT or Tiger)

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Age: 27

Title: Executive Pastry Chef at Tempe Public Market Café

Married/Single: single

Kids: none

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…

wake up and hit the gym. Then I’m getting ready for the day ahead and that means coffee, some quick emails, and making sure my team is rocking it at Tempe Public Market Café. Head to work, get/give the updates, jump in on some projects if need be, orders, special events and paperwork.

I was born…

just outside of Cleveland, Ohio in Painesville City.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the East Coast meets West Coast vibes.

I’m listening to…

a little bit of everything from Neo-Folk to Trap (Daniel Cesar, Lake Street Dive, Future).

My family…

is my inspiration and who I do it all for.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

at a big table with family and friends.

One thing I cannot live without…

sushi, hands down!

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

in the NFL!

I’m inspired by…

my family, the naysayers, and the lovers.

The one person who motivates me is…

me, have to be self-motivated.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

prejudices.

The perfect day would be…

sleep in a little, gym time, hop fresh out the shower to nap (no alarm) with a cool breeze and birds chirping. Get up and cook a fun dinner with family and friends and then some dancing.

My first job was…

dishwasher.

My favorite escape…

traveling and exploring new places, trying the food and sharing those experiences with the people closest to me.

My life…

is blessed!

I’m currently working on…

a new direction and concepts.

Always…

keep learning & striving!

Never…

get complacent!

Favorite Quote…

“Make Work!” – Jack Payne.

Biggest Dream…

made it happen. Now I’m striving for the next one.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

dishonesty, laziness and complacency.

More About Lawrence…

Lawrence (LT) Smith is the Executive Pastry Chef at Tempe Public Market Café. Located at 8749 S. Rural Rd., on the northeast corner of Warner and Rural Road, Tempe Public Market Café is locally owned and serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with brunch on the weekends. LT was a former NFL Player with the Colts. He played receiver during the 2015 pre-season and left the team to pursue a career in the culinary arts.



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