Top Chef: Martha Mixon

Martha Mixon, right, is a native of the Sanford/Union Church communities just up Hwy. 49 North. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but they consider their entire staff as family. They started the business in 1984 and with the exception of one five-year hiatus, they’ve been keeping customers happy on the side of Hwy. 49 for a long time.

What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?

If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My children.
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner?
To put mustard, garlic, onion and hot sauce on a biscuit.
What’s the best part about being a chef? 
Making people happy 

What’s the most challenging part of being a chef?
Making sure each dish is perfect.
If not a chef in the Pine Belt, what city would you like to work in?
No where else!
What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food?
Southern Deluxe cookies from Shady Acres

Who is/was your food mentor?
My grandmother
What’s your favorite food to cook?
Country-style vegetables
Sweet or savory?
Mild or spicy?
Salt or pepper?
Red beans or gumbo?