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Samantha Stephens is the chef/owner of OatMeals, the world’s first oatmeal bar. She is also Quaker Oats’ Creative Oatmeal Officer. Sam is originally from Fairfax, VA, and made the move to NYC in 2000 to attend Baruch College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in French.
A desire for healthy living and eating right became essential for Sam that first year in NYC when the ‘freshman 15’ quickly became the ‘freshman 30’. Living on a budget and focusing on health & wellness, Sam started eating oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner, and thought of many creative ways to jazz it up. Reading about the numerous, outstanding health benefits of oats led her to want to share her oatmeal recipes, knowledge of oats and its amazing qualities with everyone she knew. The idea for an oatmeal bar blossomed but took many years to come to life.
Sam started working in the investment banking world after college. Her passion for NYC’s flourishing restaurant scene inspired her to attended courses at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Food Writing, and also in Business Management. She took that passion a step further when she graduated from The French Culinary Institute’s Pastry Arts Program in 2010.
After over 11 years of research and nearly giving up on her crazy oatmeal idea, Sam finally opened OatMeals at 120 West 3rd St in New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 27th, 2012. Quaker Oats soon took notice of Sam’s concept and creativity and named her their Creative OatMeal Officer in 2013. She works with Quaker to help people see oatmeal in new and exciting ways! OatMeals has become renowned for the original and unique recipes of its signature sweet and savory oatmeal bowls, oat-based pastries and baked goods. Sam has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, and has been featured in countless newspapers, magazines, and digital media including The Wall St Journal, Huffington Post, Self and NY Magazine.
When not working in the store and experimenting with oatmeal and oatmeal pastries, Sam participates in speaking engagements at NYU, educating students about oatmeal health facts and avoiding the “freshman 15.” She also recently participated on a panel at NYU on “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur”.