Samantha Fore

Years of Participation


Sam Fore is a first-generation Sri Lankan-American chef from Lexington, Kentucky. She started her pop up, Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, in 2016, after traditional Sri Lankan brunches in her home outgrew her dining room. Tuk Tuk is one of the few representations of Sri Lankan cuisine in the United States and is a reflection of Sam’s Sri Lankan upbringing in the American South. Her dishes include her spin on Southern classics as well as new riffs on her family's time-tested recipes. Her work has been featured in multiple national publications, including the cover of Food & Wine magazine in 2018. She was named one of Plate Magazine’s 2018 Chefs to Watch and was selected as one of Southern Living’s 2020 Cooks of the Year. In 2021 she joined the cast of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, which airs on PBS.