Stephen Whalen

 Upper West Side, Central Harlem, Inwood Washington Heights, Chelsea, Clinton, East Harlem, Gramercy Park Murray Hill, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village Soho, Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side, Northwest Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Bushwick Williamsburg, Queens, Hunts Point Mott Haven, Kingsbridge Riverdale, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Montauk

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Originally introduced to cooking as a child by his Grandmother, Leta Andrew. Stephen has great memories of watching her cook for hundreds of people at her popular Shining Waters Lodge on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Stephen relocated back home to the…

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Originally introduced to cooking as a child by his Grandmother, Leta Andrew. Stephen has great memories of watching her cook for hundreds of people at her popular Shining Waters Lodge on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Stephen relocated back home to the east coast three years ago after living in San Francisco for 21 years and on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii for two years during that time. After starting his restaurant career as a dishwasher at age 15, working at the local Yacht Club in his home town of Milford, Connecticut, he moved on to various restaurants developing his skills there. Stephen moved out to San Francisco, California where he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in 1993. While in school, he took a position working at the legendary Stars restaurant under chef Jeremiah Tower, where he immersed himself in the somewhat new, and upcoming “California Cuisine” revolution of the early 90’s. Just prior to graduating, Stephen took a position working under chef Loretta Keller, also a Stars alum, working at her award winning Bizou restaurant. While there he continued learning all aspects of the kitchen and worked his way up to the lead line chef/expeditor position, cooking rustic French,Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, using the finest local ingredients from around the Bay Area. Stephen credits Loretta for being a mentor and teaching him many of the skills which helped him become the chef he is today.

After graduating from culinary school and working at Bizou for two years, Stephen was ready for achange and decided to take what he learned in San Francisco to the Island of Lanai, Hawaii, where he was a chef at The Manele Bay Hotel. After two years there, he spent the next several months traveling throughout Southeast Asia, taking cooking classes and learning all he could about the cuisines of the region. Upon his return to the States, Stephen took a job at his birthplace, Prince Edward Island, Canada. There, he was Innkeeper and prepared meals for the summer season at My Mother’s Country Inn. After a great summer in his homeland, Stephen moved back to San Francisco where he started hisprivate chef career in 1998.

Stephen has been very fortunate to work with some incredible people over the last 19 years. Some of his clients have included an author, the guitarist of Metallica and both Founders of YouTube. In 2014, he decided to move closer to his family and get back to his east coast roots, where he settled in New York City after an incredible journey developing his culinary skills out west and beyond.

Last winter Stephen found himself back out in California, where he took a seasonal position in Santa Barbara. He returned to New York in May and is currently working a summer position out on Fire Island until September.

Stephen is a true professional, extremely clean and organized, as any of his past employers will tell you. He takes pride in sourcing sustainable food from local farms and purveyors to create his seasonal, rustic farm to table cuisine. He is upbeat, dependable, honest, values the staff and people he works with and always uses utmost discretion. His character speaks for itself and he has impeccable references from all the clients he has worked with. Stephen would most certainly be an asset to any household.

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Education

California Culinary Academy

AOS Culinary Arts

1995

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