HOMETOWN: Tampere, Finland
RESIDES IN: Santa Monica, CA
POSITION: Chef, StefansCatering.com
CULINARY EDUCATION: CMC, Wurzburg Schweinfurt
FAVORITE SIMPLE RECIPE: For spring: Wedge of iceberg lettuce with bacon and blue cheese dressing
BIO: Stefan was born in Finland but spent the majority of his childhood in Germany, where he began culinary training in his early teens. He worked his way through various European kitchens, learning new techniques and collecting awards along the way. In 1998, he joined master chefs Grant McPherson, Sotta Kuhn, Jacques Torres, Jean Philip Maury and Marc Poidevin as part of the creative team for the opening of the Bellagio Hotel, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. As Executive Sous-Chef, he created, developed and executed menus for the $25 million-dollar banquet kitchen. Since then, he has held a number of Executive Chef positions and most recently worked with Celestino Drago at Enoteca Drago before opening his own business, Stefan's Catering in Santa Monica. Although he currently resides in Los Angeles, he spends his summer months hunting and fishing in his native Finland.
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