Oprah's Beloved 'Chef Art' Is Engaged

Oprah's Beloved 'Chef Art' Is Engaged
Oprah Winfrey and Art Smith

04/08/2010 AT 09:30 AM EDT

Art Smith, personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and contestant on Top Chef Masters, has not only lost 100 lbs., he's gained a fiancé.

Known as Chef Art to friends including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, Smith is set to wed his partner of 10 years, Jesus R. Salguerio, an artist and painter.

"I've had an amazing career and life because Jesus taught me to dream and believe. We are a dynamic, creative duo that love to bring beauty to people's lives, as well as our own," Smith says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. The couple founded "Common Threads," the national kids cooking program, together.

The wedding will take place this fall, in Washington, D.C., at The Liaison Affinia Hotel, home of Smith's restaurant, "Art and Soul."

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