Donnell Smith joined PantherDining during the fall of 2011. Born in Lima, Ohio, he started his professional career with the United States Army as an ammunition specialist. After three years in the Army, Donnell recognized his true calling in food service, left the Army for the Navy, and began to serve as a mess management specialist, focusing on food and barrack operations. He retired from the Navy in 2002 and moved to Atlanta, where he began working as a food service manager at Phillips State Prison. Before joining PantherDining, Donnell worked as a baker at Piedmont Hospital.
Donnell attended Navy cooking school in San Diego, Calif., continuing his studies with fine dining school and private mess school, as well as baking, ice carving and leadership school.
In his downtime, Donnell enjoys playing Madden Football. (Go Browns!)