Samantha Barnes is passionate about food and family. As the Founder/CEO of Raddish Kids, a monthly cooking club and curriculum, she works everyday to empower kids in the kitchen. During her time as a middle school teacher, Samantha realized that many of her students were aspiring foodies... yet they lacked kitchen experience, education, and know how. She launched her first kids’ culinary venture in 2006, and soon was teaching thousands of children across Los Angeles through after-school classes, summer camps, and cooking parties. Today, Raddish aims to be the world’s premier kids cooking brand through subscription and curriculum products, delivering monthly culinary experiences that nurture kids’ confidence in the kitchen and beyond. In 2019, Raddish received the Best Customer Experience Cube award from industry leader Subcom and was ranked #362 on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America
Samantha is the mom to an 9 and 7 year old, and believes the kitchen is the ideal place to learn, discover, and create alongside her kids. She knows what it takes to be a successful and driven mom in the workplace,and as CEO, she is committed to running a results-oriented and flexible company built on autonomy, working smart, and work/life balance.
Samantha and her companies have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, INC, NPR, Better Homes and Gardens, the Today Show, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Taste of Home, MasterChef Junior, and the Food Network. She was a panelist at the inaugural HuffPost Parents conference in November 2018 and presented at Alt Summit in March 2019. Samantha attended Deerfield Academy and Bowdoin College, and lives and cooks with her family near the beach in Los Angeles.