Lee Smith, senior vice president, is the publisher of Deli Business and Cheese Connoisseur magazines. An award-winning writer as well as an accomplished photographer, she is a feature writer for both magazines. Her 20 years’ experience in the retail industry prepared her for launching her own marketing and product development company, which led to joining the team at Phoenix Media Network in 1991.
Known for her knowledge of cheese and fine foods, she is a frequent judge at national and international cheese competitions, including American Cheese Society’s Annual Competition, the French International Agricultural Show, and the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, UK. In 2016, she will be a technical judge at New Zealand’s Cheese Competition.
Among her accomplishments, Smith is a member of the American Cheese Society, the International Guild des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon, the Order of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France and Les Dames d’Escoffier International. She is also the American representative to the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, UK.