Mitchel Howell has been a nomad his whole life. He ended up in Texas for 10 years, where he met his wife. While in Texas he started training to become a chef and eventually he started working for himself, cooking at game ranches and hunting lodges. Those opportunities gave him the chance to learn and cook all different styles of food. In 2015 Mitchel came to Alaska to cook in the Denali area. The Alaska bug bit him and a few years later in 2017 he packed up his family and moved to Sitka. While living in Sitka Mitchel really started to fall in love with the Alaska way of life. In 2018 Mitchel and his family moved to Palmer where he took a job on the Alaska railroad as a dining caption. Speaking with tourists and locals about the unique food Alaska offers got him thinking and in 2019 he started the 49th meal podcast. Mitchel enjoys traveling the state with his son and finding hidden gems to interview.