About Us

Indie Chefs Week began as a way to create a dialogue that isn’t just online – it’s a face-to-face meeting of the country’s best young, aspiring chefs.

We’re proud of where he’s come from and where we are now. And we at Indie Chefs Week are excited to provide a venue for up and coming chefs as they cook the dishes that inspire them, that tease them, that keep them awake at night.

We want to get people talking about what these indie chefs are doing out there in the food world, and we want to bring their exciting food and ideas to cities outside their home bases. As a dinner series, we provide an experience for chefs and guests that most food and wine festivals don’t offer. Instead of cranking out 1,000 “bites” as is customary at most food and wine events, at ICW, each chef can cook a dish that best represents what they do in their own kitchens. We envision Indie Chefs Week spreading out across North America, bringing together dedicated chefs to cook, collaborate, and inspire.

Now in our fourth year, we’ve expanded to multiple events in host cities across the country. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Williams Sonoma, Indie Chefs Week is on the road in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, with more cities to come. We’re now able to feature the best of up-and-coming talent cooking alongside ICW veterans to highlight the best there is to offer across North America.

Grover Smith

Partner & Organizer
Grover Smith, partner and full time herder of cats at Indie Chefs Week, is obsessed with wine, whisky, food, and beer. While studying economics in college, he started his career in real estate and founded a series of businesses that included real estate sales, development, and foreclosure acquisition. After realizing money doesn’t bring you happiness, he transitioned into a career that involves the things that he obsesses over and has never looked back.

Grover has been the general manager at acclaimed Texas restaurants such as Foreign & Domestic, Bernadine’s, and the Pass & Provisions. He lives in Houston with his wife Jackie, their two kitties, Harper Lee and Truman Capote, and their 12 year-old “puppy” Buckley. When he’s not organizing the next Indie Chefs Week event, you can find him on the golf course.


Creative Collaborators

Foreign & Domestic’s Chefs de Cuisine have been integral in keeping the kitchen organized in the presence of 20 to 30 chefs at once. Joel Orsini, Anthony Fusco, Nathan Lemley, and Cable Smith worked hard to keep the kitchen going. Many thanks to everyone else that has worked to make the event happen over the years.

Updated Site Design & Branding

The new Indie Chefs Week site, branding, and design provided by Roby Fitzhenry and Jeremy Wynn of Always Creative.