Rising Star Chef David Mitchell of Mitchell Deli - Biography

Nashville, TN

January 2014

Nashville is known for many things: hot chicken and some of the world’s best music are among the most notable. Not high on that list, at least not until recently, was a decent delicatessen. Fortunately for locals, along came David Mitchell, founder of Mitchell Deli.

Mitchell got his start working in restaurants, sandwich shops, and groceries in central Tennessee, starting with Chez Jose Fresh Mexican Grill in Brentwood and the Old Natchez Country Club in Williamson County. The genteel greenery of a formal country club wasn’t for Mitchell, to he transitioned to the deli counter at Wild Oats before pioneering his very market and sandwich shop concept in East Nashville.

Soon Mitchell Deli morphed into a breakfast and lunch spot, where there was such demand for imaginative, quality deli food that restaurant ran out of food on its first day. It has also earned accolades for “Best Sandwich” and “Best Deli” from Nashville Scene, along with StarChefs.com's Rising Star Concept Award. Now expanded to a larger space a block away from the original (which will become another Mitchell concept), Mitchell Deli continues its mission to bring the house-made magic of true deli food to the people.