Matthew & Thy Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell, owner and operator of Traveler’s Table, has a story similar to his concept, anything but ordinary. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, and studying in France, Italy, and at Oxford University in England, he worked as a journalist in London, Paris and New York City. Matthew returned to Texas, attended Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Management, and entered the pharmaceutical industry, eventually becoming the President & CEO of the Texas Center for Drug Development, Inc., a clinical research company. Fourteen years later, Matthew decided to explore his passion for distant cultures and exotic flavors by opening his first restaurant – Traveler’s Table. In preparation, Matthew attended and received an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston, before working in a number of well-known restaurants in Houston.
Thy Mitchell, co-owner of Traveler’s Table, grew up in Houston as a first generation Vietnamese-American in a family that centered around food. Growing up she would work on the weekends at her grandmother and mother’s small, traditional Vietnamese restaurant. From a young age, she learned the importance of authentic flavors, hard work, and hospitality. Throughout her time at University of Houston, she continued to work in the restaurant industry. Upon graduation, Thy began her career as a human resources and operations manager, and she has worked as an HR manager for three Fortune 500 companies in the hospitality and retail industries. Currently, she is continuing her education at Rice University’s Master of Business Administration program. Her love of travel and food are what brought her and her husband, Matthew, together and the restaurant’s philosophy of “exploring the world through food and drink” is dear to Thy’s heart.