Published on November 26th, 2018 | by Brian Hernandez


Lars Smith, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, Los Altos, CA.

Competing Member, Culinary

Lars Smith is the chef and co-owner of state of Mind Public House and Pizzeria in Los Altos, California. He has been in the industry since 2002, but has had a love for food since he was a child, always cooking with his grandmothers. He always new that he would eventually open his own family run restaurant. In 2017, he won the international pizza challenge Non-Traditional division in Las Vegas and was featured on the Cooking channel’s “Food Wars”. In 2018, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria officially opened it doors. That same year he won second place at the US Pizza team west coast trials pan division and first place at the US Pizza team Northeast pizza trails traditional competition.

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