Chef Steve

About Chef Steve

Steve Love, Concept Development Chef, McCormick Flavour Group – Europe

Steve fell in love with cooking after his Mum taught how to bake flapjacks when he was 5 years old.

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Steve joined the Royal Navy when he was seventeen and trained as a chef. He cooked for up to 2500, and served on the Royal Yacht Britannia, appearing in the TV documentary "All the Queens Cook's" in 2003. In 2003 he also won British Meats Development Chef of the Year and also gained the Craft Guild of Chef's Development Chef Award.

After leaving the Navy he was the Head Chef at the GEC Management College and the Executive Chef the Royal Agricultural Show Ground at Stoneleigh, before joining Nestle in 1996 as a Business Development Chef.

In 2006 Steve joined McCormick Flavour Group - Europe as Concept Development Chef. His responsibilities include culinary development for Blue Chip companies across Europe. He travels around Europe Middle East and Africa researching food trends and styles. He was the Chair of judges for the School chef of the Year (LACA) for five years. He Chairs the Adjudicators for the Craft guild of Chefs Graduate Awards and he is the Assistant Live Theatre Manager at Hotelympia and Hospitality.

He judges at many culinary competitions across the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, Master Craftsman with the Craft Guild of chefs and Master Chef of Great Britain. At Christmas Steve works with homeless shelters to cook Christmas dinner for those less fortunate. Steve has also recently branched out into food photography, developing quality images to showcase menus and dishes in their best light.

We asked Steve what inspired him as a Professional Chef and his answers were:

Working with Chefs to unlock new ideas and re-ignite their passion.
Playing with dishes that are not quite right, then making them better
Researching other culinary cultures
Investing in the young chefs of the future
Helping chefs of today overcome the challenges of tomorrow
Speaking and listening to chefs from all areas of the culinary arena
Providing culinary solutions for all kinds of Chefs
Cooking a new dish for the first time
Judging at culinary competitions

Steve’s passion for herbs and spices is unbounded. Things he loves about herbs and spices are:

They are a great way to season all kinds of foods, naturally and it beats using pure salt!
They bring out the natural flavours in the food ingredients
They are versatile – you can put together some great combinations ( e.g. The Schwartz Flavour Forecast)
They can be used across all areas of the culinary arena in savoury and sweet recipes
Many herbs and spices bring health benefits

Steve is a true advocate of the McCormick Foodservice range, valuing the breadth and versatility of the range – there are products for all occasions which can be used in applications from everyday school menus up to 5Star Banqueting; the superior quality and the ease of use.