Steve has been in the Food and Beverage industry for over 20 years.  He attended Culinary School at Cerritos College and graduated with special recognition from the President of Cerritos College.

He has worked at many high end casual food establishments including the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Cafe Nordstrom, Pat and Oscars, and Storm Stadium.  His career really blossomed when he was the Corporate Chef of the Market Broiler Restaurants.  In his time there he opened up 2 full service restaurants from the ground up each doing over $5 million in annual sales.  He has also opened up multiple contract food service venues, including Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside (which has over 20,000 members), Cal Baptist University, and the atrium in the county building in downtown Riverside.

Steve is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Inland Empire Chapter.  He has competed in numerous culinary competitions including best Chef of the Inland Empire and Oak Grove School Chef Open at Pechanga Casino in Temecula where he got 3rd Place Overall!  Steve has a driving passion for food and loves what he does.

Steve has been married for over 25 years to his wife Cathy and has three beautiful daughters and two amazing grandkids.

Jeff began his passion for cooking in 2009.  After watching The Food Network, his creative mind spun into thinking up dishes he could cook for his family and friends.  He began with his signature Rosemary Chicken Legs and Mashed Potatoes and when his family could not get enough of it, that spawned the passion!  Jeff has gone on to make many creative dishes including his other signature dish Pork Tenderloin with a Boysenberry Glaze and Herb Rice which won the Pinancle Award of the Chef Open, 2014.

His wife, Monica often provides him with secret ingredients like in Food Networks’ show “Chopped” where he has 30 minutes to prepare an entree for his family!  Jeff says he enjoys this family time, “It is so much fun when the kids come up to me and ask, what are you going to make chef?” And, “time is ticking, you only have 6 minutes to go..”

In 2011, he was asked to cater a wedding with 80 guests and the result was TOTAL SUCCESS!  In 2013, Jeff created The Home Cook 2.0.  When asked what it is, Jeff says, “because I am not a professional chef, but I am an advanced home cook, it was only appropriate to be called The Home Cook 2.0 where the average home cook can take it to the next level, and it stuck.”  His desire is to inspire people to get in the kitchen and start cooking.  He says, “you will be surprised what you can create, if you just get started!”

Jeff and his wife Monica live in Wildomar, CA. and they have 5 wonderful children, Cassidy, Smith, Braden, Wade, and Channing.

 

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Tel: 951.375.1380  |  Email: jeff@newlifecatering.com

 

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