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my story

chef sara was born and raised here in western kentucky. she grew up loving all the delicacies our region has to offer… the smooth apple butter her grandmother prepared every fall after the apples were plucked. the sweet strawberry pie her mother/kitchen mother/dessert-ress would make from scratch every spring. she learned early on the flavor difference in fresh over frozen.


she developed her skillset under the tutelage of michelin star chefs john fraser (dovetail, new york), david posey and paul kahan (blackbird, chicago). after careful consideration, chef sara opted to open freight house to focus on and encourage agricultural sustainability here in her home town of paducah.


chef sara is also involved in many charitable and philanthropic endeavors within the community, including being a founding member of cartel, a western kentucky style pit bbq team that raises capital funds for the restoration of historic buildings and numerous other nonprofits throughout the region.


chef sara was invited to compete on season 16 of the hit tv series top chef, and took 2nd place after battling it out with other talented chefs from across the country.