Steven’s love for food began in his parents’ native Greece where he spent his early childhood. Later, the family relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he worked with his mother Elizabeth at the family restaurant, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business.
At 18, Steven moved to Chicago, training in some of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants. In 1990, Steven’s passion to extend his culinary training took him to Walt Disney World. For over a decade, Steven would apprentice under Disney’s finest chefs, including Daryl Mickler, Great Chef’s of the East; Raymond Pitts, renowned German chef; and Michael Laduke, a frequent judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef and Chopped.
Chef has trained under some of the industry’s most accomplished Chefs, including several James Beard Award winners.
In 2003 Chef was nominated for Rising Star Chef Southeast and gained national acclaim for his technique and style towards Mediterranean Cuisine.
Chef has displayed his world-class talent at many prestigious James Beard Events, Taste of the Nation with national and world-renowned chefs Anthony Lamas, Diego Oka, Jonathan Sawyer, and Nicholas Stefanelli to name a few. In addition, Chef has headlined Gourmet & grapes one of the largest food and wine events in the south. Steven has cooked alongside Collin Bedford,, grand chef James Beard SF 2014, Scott Crawford, James Beard SF, Mike Lata, Fig, James Beard Winner, Chris Edwards, protege under Adria Ferran, El Bulli, Barcelona.
Meese has cooked for a US President, Governor, Senators, Scott Beck, founder of Einstein Bagels, Blockbuster, and Boston Market, along with many celebrities and sports figures in his decorated career.
Chef is currently hosting a new Travel Cooking Show, A Chefs Journey, airing spring 2014 on PBS. The show features the best chefs in the country, their signature restaurants, and showcasing their unique cities.
Chef has also been busy working on his fresh and exciting new cookbook titled Modern Soul food.
When Steven is not on television or in the kitchen, he is deeply involved with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry as an ambassador chef, raising funds and awareness to end childhood hunger in America, as well as American Cancer Society.