Sara Bradley

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Sara Bradley

(1982-03-10) March 10, 1982 (age 39)
Paducah, Kentucky
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materJohnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in North Carolina
  • Chef
  • Restaurateur
Austin Martin (m. 2017)

Sara Bradley (born March 10, 1982) is an Americans chef and restaurateur known for her passion of farm-to-table food and her love of Bourbon whiskey|bourbon. She appeared on the reality cooking show Bravo's Top Chef: Kentucky[1] and was the runner-up in the show’s 16th[2] [3]season in her home state of Kentucky.

Education and Early Career

Bradley graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in statistical psychology,[4] [5]but her passion for cooking drew her to pursue a culinary career. She studied at Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in North Carolina. She went on to sharpen her skills under Michelin Star chefs John Fraser of Dovetail in New York City and David Posey and Paul Kahan of Blackbird in Chicago. Bradley returned to her roots in 2015[6] and open her own restaurant with the help of her biggest inspiration, her family.

Personal life

Bradley married her longtime partner Austin Martin in 2017. She gave birth to daughter Lula Bea in 2019.[7][8]

Founding member of Cartel: Western Kentucky style pit barbeque team that raises money for the restoration of historic buildings and other nonprofits.


Freight House (chef and proprietor). Bradley's menu includes the invasive species Asian carp in North America|Asian Carp in her restaurant.[9] This fish is so invasive to Western Kentucky that state and federal leaders have taken action to combat the fish.[10] On the PBS show The Farmer and the Foodie on Kentucky Educational Television|KET[11] she shows hosts Maggie and Lindsey of the how to cook Asian Carp.


  1. Bradley, Sara (2 November 2020). "Bravo TV". BravoTV. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  2. Greg, Morabito (15 March 2019). "'Top Chef Kentucky' Finale Recap: A Drama-Filled Showdown in Macau". Eater. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  3. Loosemore, Bailey. "For Kentucky chef Sara Bradley, nothing will be the same after 'Top Chef'". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  4. "Babes Who Hustle". Babes Who Hustle. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  5. Illinois, Barb Eidlin For Life & Style in Southern. "Chef Sara Bradley and Freight House restaurant return to her roots". The Southern. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  6. Rackl, Lori (6 September 2017). "Former Chicago chef Sara Bradley 'boomerangs' back to Kentucky with delicious results". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  7. Laura, Rosenfeld (3 June 2019). "Bravo's Top Chef Runner-Up Sara Bradley Welcomes Her First Child". BravoTV. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  8. Laura, Rosenfeld (17 December 2018). "Bravo's Top Chef Season 16 Contestant Sara Bradley Is Expecting Her First Child". BravoTV The Dish. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  9. Wiersema, Jana (1 July 2018). "Local restaurant promotes Asian carp". Paducah Sun}}. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  10. "State, Federal Leaders Highlight Action Taken to Combat Asian Carp". Marshall County Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  11. Tackling Carp in Western Kentucky | The Farmer and the Foodie, retrieved 2020-11-19

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