Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2017 Rising Stars: Chef, Food-Truck Owner Samantha Mitchell Fell in Love with the Kitchen

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2017 Rising Stars: Chef, Food-Truck Owner Samantha Mitchell Fell in Love with the Kitchen

Article excerpt

Samantha Mitchell belongs in a kitchen. She knew it when she was a girl, rising at 4 a.m. to help her grandmother prepare for another day at her restaurant in the Lake of the Ozarks. She knew it when she was a teenager, stepping away from the hostess stand one night at a Macaroni Grill to help in the kitchen. The intensity of a kitchen during service hooked her.

Mitchell made her bones at Annie Gunn's, the Chesterfield institution. She worked there for seven years a lifetime in the restaurant industry five as sous chef. She left last year to launch Farmtruk, which brings an Annie Gunn's-like from-scratch, locally sourced-ingredient ethos to a food truck.

Farmtruk won Mitchell deserved attention, and she appeared on Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games." But if you weren't on the food-truck circuit, you might never eat her food. …

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