About Chef Harry

Chef Harry began his life as an obese youth. Having graduated from Grinnell College and upon finishing accounting studies at Harvard Business School, Harry W. Schwartz acquired a scrap metal recycling business with his brother in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After developing and then selling the Scrap business, a popular restaurant, a cookie and cheesecake bakery and raising over $25,000,000 with the Tulsa Philanthropic community, at age 34, he and his wife Laurie retired to Jupiter Island, Florida with their daughter. He then wrote his first cookbook, Easygoing Entertaining. With the help of one of Laurie's friends, Harry was presented with the opportunity to promote the book on NBC's Today Show, he immediately became a regular contributor, which began his career as Chef Harry, a media chef, author, columnist, corporate culinary creator, consultant, educator and spokesperson.

Chef Harry and his family moved to Malibu, California in 1996 where he created and hosted the popular PBS celebrity at home cooking show, Chef Harry and Friends. He then became known for his high-energy, record-setting shows on Shop at Home Network where he created the kitchen and culinary category for the network and proceeded to gross over $70,000,000 in house wares in 48 months. In addition to The Today Show, he has appeared as a regular contributor on KTLA-CBS in Los Angeles and currently on FOX61 in Connecticut and ABC in Rhode Island with occasional national appearances when his schedule allows.

Chef Harry

He has written a syndicated feature for Copley news service, authored 5 books and serves as a creative and media spokesperson and consultant for several corporations. He contributes to various news and talk shows and is Managing Director of The Colt Culinary Project at the Historic Colt Factory now the Colt GATEWAY complex in Hartford. In addition to creating and operating one of the newest destinations in eastern Connecticut, He and his wife Laurie provide a mentorship program for young people and adults.


Chef Harry and his wife created a wellness program based on his fifth book, Fit Foundation and visited and gave live wellness programs at over 40 schools in 20 states. After meeting with President Clinton and gaining his support, they are now working in conjunction with Michelle Obama's Wellness program Eat Well. DeCA has teamed with the National Watermelon Promotions Board and Chef Harry to be part of their Eat Healthy and Be Active Your Way campaign. Chef Harry launched this initiative at Ft Lee VA Base (DeCA's headquarters) on August 3rd, 2010 in the Commissary and Children's Development Center. His recipes are being incorporated in Military Base Menus all over the world as part of the program. His performances will be aired on Air Force Television Worldwide.


Cafe Colt

Television Highlights:

Public Television's Chef Harry & Friends
Exec Producer
Exec Director

KCBS Los Angeles Food Guru
Segment Creator
Set Designer

Segment Creator
Set Designer

ABC World News Now
Segment Creator
Set Designer

Shop at Home Network
Culinary Expert
Production Consultant
Top Sales Generator - Over - $70+ Million in sales

DIY Network Expert

Home and Garden's
Smart Solutions Regular
Party at Home Regular

Culinary Correspondent

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

Additional Television

Fox's Nashville TN Mornings Show
Healthy Living Guru

Segment Creator


Home Shopping Network

Crook & Chase

NBC Portland 207's
Healthy Kids Food Guru
Infomercials & Commercials

Also seen on
The Roseanne Show

Print/Web Feature Creator For:

Copley Syndicated-Weekly
Portland Press Herald
LA TIMES Westside Weekly
The Vegetarian Times
The Malibu Surfside News
Successful Slimming
IN! Magazine
Pet Life
Luxury Lifestyles
The Mix
World Travel Magazine

A Few Celebrities At Harry's Table

James Earl Jones
Dennis Franz
Phyllis Diller
Judith Krantz
Linda Hamilton
George Hamilton
Tommy Smothers
Downtown Julie Brown
Bryan Cranston
Burt Reynolds
Charlton Heston
Marion Ross
Greg Kinear
Baywatch's Brook Burns
Doris Roberts
John O'Hurley
Barbi Benton
Julie Benz

Featured In:

The LA Times
The Philadelphia Enquirer
The Denver Post
The Palm Beach Post
The Rocky Mountain News
The Tulsa World
The Aspen Times
The Des Moines Register
Port City Life
Better Homes and Gardens/Creative Homes
Orange County Register
Real Simple Magazine
Healthy Cooking
Shape Magazine
The Grinnell Magazine

Brand Affiliations:

De Longhi
Hamilton Beach
Chef's Choice
Culinary Integrity
American Collection
Gourmet Standard
Lello Gelato

Author Of:

Easygoing Entertaining

Chef Harry & Friends: Sharing the Joys of the Table

Cooking with your Wonder Cooker

Star Grazing-Cooking with Chef Harry

The Main Ingredient Cookbook

Fit Foundation

Using your NuWave Oven™


Cable News Radio
Sunday Brunch w/ Chef Harry
Portland, Maine
Cable News Radio
Martha Stewart Sirius Radio


National Watermelon Board
Greystone CIA/UC Davis
Dept. of Agriculture, Capitol Hill
Florida Commission on Obesity
Firestone Vineyards
DT McCall and Sons
University of Miami
Florida State Fair
Texas State Fair
Shawnee Middle Schools
University of Oklahoma
National Peanut Festival
Maryland State fair
LA Times Book Festival (Emcee)
StarKist Tuna
Maritini & Rossi
Armani Xchange
B & B Benedictine
Disaronno Amaretto
Ameriware Professional
Wonder Cooker USA
Palm Beach Food & Wine Show
Connecticut Food Show
South Florida Home Show
National Products Shows
Chicago Housewares Show
Real Simple Magazine
Southern Comfort
Irish Tourism Bureau
Beverly Hills Farmer's Market
Orange Park Winter Solstice
Salt Lake City Home Show
Knoxville Tennessee Women's Show

Charity Event Sampling:

American Heart Association
March of Dimes
Share Our Strength
Philbrook Museum of Art
A Family Celebration
Tulsa Jewish Federation
Dolphin House
The Jeffrey Foundation
Nicole Brown Foundation

Restaurants Created

Back Bay Gourmet, Tulsa, OK
Felini's Cookies & Cakes
Café at Villa Philbrook Museum
Surf and Sky Cuisine
Café at Heritage Trail Vineyards


Grinnell College
George Washington University
Harvard University
Au Bon Pain, Boston, MA
La Varenne Ecole de La Cuisine, France
Giuliano Bugialli , Italy
Villa Wolf, Italy
Greystone CIA, Napa, CA
Benedictine Palace, France
Glen Castle, Ireland
Starbuck's Coffee, Seattle WA
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

US Military, “Eat Healthy, Get Active Your Way” Program with Michelle Obama and DeCA
NWPB Chambord Driscolls Perrier Mini