Executive Chef, Xavier Smith

Meet the Chef

When you dine with us for an event, The NEW Center can provide a variety of exquisite dining and catering options. From casual breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets to formal meals, The NEW Center does it all!

Of course our delicious catering doesn’t happen on its own. Behind all of the creations from the kitchen is our Executive Chef, Xavier Smith.


Say Hello to Executive Chef Xavier

“I love cooking because food is one of the only things in the world that brings people together.”

Started in: 2014

Education: Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts – Pittsburgh

Favorite food: Creole & Asian

Cooking since: 1989

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Xavier came to The NEW Center in 2014 with extensive training from Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts under his belt.

Prior to joining The NEW Center team, Xavier lead the Kitchen at Russo’s Restaurant & Bacchus Lounge, which specializes in Creole and Italian Soul food. Xavier was also a chef at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World Resort.

Cooking since 1989 when he was just a young boy, Xavier has always had a passion for not only the act of cooking, but the way food brings people together in a peaceful way.

Although he is fully able and talented at making a wide variety of dishes, Xavier’s favorite types of food to make are Creole and Asian. He’s constantly coming up with his own specials and altering them along the way to find new favorites.

In his years at The NEW Center, Xavier has enjoyed coming to work everyday and meeting people from all different walks of life and ethnicities. “It’s a very friendly and versatile environment, and there’s always something new and exciting going on,” says Xavier.

Beyond cooking up delicious culinary creations, Xavier often works his magic outside the kitchen by sitting with customers and helping them plan their catered menus, especially with more complex or unique tastes in food. He’s great at figuring out how to add a little flavor and fun to any event.

A Central Location
for Your Guests

Located in Rootstown, Ohio, The NEW Center is just a short drive from Akron, North Canton, Kent, Youngstown, and other cities in the Northeast Ohio region. With hundreds of hotel rooms located within several miles of The NEW Center, shuttle service before and after your event can be arranged for your attendees. Our building is easy to find right off of I-76 and has plenty of complimentary parking available for your guests.

See for yourself how easy it is to get to our location – Schedule a free lunch and tour of The NEW Center today!

News & Events

4 Things to Consider When Planning Your Event Menu

The NEW Center is proud to announce that we’ve revamped and updated our catering menus! We’re proud to be able to offer a variety of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all thanks to the experience and direction of our talented Executive Chef, Xavier Smith. Planning a menu for your event can feel daunting—how […]