Meet the Chef: Samantha Roberts leads myriad Valley establishments

Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row, Riot House & El Hefe among Scottsdale locations


Name: Samantha Roberts

Occupation: Director of Culinary Operations at Riot Hospitality Group

Name/address/location of restaurant: We have 10 different locations one in Nashville, one in Chicago and the rest in Arizona in Gilbert, Tempe and Scottsdale. We have five different concepts: Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row, Riot House, El Hefe, Hand Cut burgers and Chophouse and Farm and Craft

How long have you been in business? Almost nine years was when our first location opened.

Briefly describe your business/services offered: We offer the best of nightlife and scratch kitchens. Our restaurant-only locations offer healthy living choices and we are very conscious with where we source our food.

What made you choose this line of work and why is it important or interesting to you? I love creating and get bored very easily so this line of work keeps me on my toes and is always evolving.

At the end of the day, what brings you the most joy or is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Being able to develop young chefs and teach people about not only how to respect food and keep food simple and delicious, but also showing the business side. Of course being able to see something I created with a great team succeed!

What separates you from your competition? We offer amazing entertainment at our night clubs. We offer great food and beautiful dining destinations.

Why did you choose to locate your business in the area? Riot Hospitality is based in Arizona.

Where are you from? I am an Arizona Native

Who was the biggest influence in your life? My Mom. She taught me no matter what to never back down from what I believe in and every time I would get discouraged or had a bad day, she always told me to pick myself up and to move forward.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a chef or in the restaurant industry? There are some many different avenues of being a chef. Don’t get stuck in one genre and open up to see how many options there are out there for great chefs. And learn the business side!!!