Best known for his appearances on Top Chef, Stefan Richter, Chef/owner ofStefan’sat L.A. Farm devotes his time to running his popular restaurant and catering company, both in Los Angeles. The busy entrepreneur has also opened three restaurants in his native Finland all named Stefan’s Steakhouse. More are in the works. He spends as much of his summers as he can in Finland hunting and fishing. Never shy, his personality and talent made him a fan favorite during Season 5 of the Bravo series so he was invited back for Season 10.
In a reverse of roles he served as a judge on Finland’s Top Chef. He found it to be equally hard but still fun.
Chef Stefan shares some thoughts.
I put in 80 to 100 hours a week. When you are self-employed, work never ends.
Because I am always entertaining at my restaurant, I don’t cook that much at home. But again when I do I like easy recipes that I can whip up and that taste good. I have a new fish sandwich recipe, or fish taco recipe that I love. I also just put in a sauna so that’s a perfect way to end the night with friends!
I can find inspiration anywhere.I could be traveling or at a local farmer’s market eating something yummy and get inspired.During summers in Finland,I spend most of my time fishing and gathering inspiration for new dish ideas.I’ve partnered with Sea Cuisine recently, a brand that offers a variety of high-quality seafood products that are inspired by the world.Knowing their message was about inspiration excited me ” as I am always on the lookout for new flavor profiles, and they are too!