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From the time Meese left the path to a professional soccer career, he became a chef. As a chef himself, he began to travel and meet other world famous Chefs. Through many charity events, like James Beard, he took every opportunity to connect with many amazing people and inspiring chefs. That's when he discovered a real need to share this experience with the world.


Where would you say you find inspiration to be who you are today? SM: I find inspiration in the underdog. It gives me a reason to keep striving for success. I, also, often look to my peers, col- leagues and Christian family. Being aware of what's around me. My mother was a huge influence on what I do today and why I love it so much. While most kids were out playing in the yard, my mother would bring me into the kitchen to teach me how to cook. It is where I got a taste of what cooking entails, the spices, the flavors, the herbs. With my family in Greece, we also traveled often. So, I was introduced early on to worldly cuisine.


In Steven's new television show, A Chefs Journey, he takes the viewer around the world and on location as he interviews some of the top chefs in the world. We get an up close and personal account of the chefs work, who they are and the city they're located in. Not only do we get to follow Steven on his Journey as a Chef, but we get to learn about some amazingly talented chefs and their journey to where they are. It's what Steven says is, cooking, travel, and documentary style show all in one. Most recently, Steven traveled to Miami, Florida to the world famous Gaston Acurio's La Mar cevicheria at the Mandarin Oriental with Chef Diego Oka.


What most important things have you learned in this culi- nary career you have built? SM: Keep your eyes open to details. You need discipline and a strong work ethic; I have learned that much from my own mother. Your success can depend greatly on how you treat the people around you, how you connect with those people along the way. Again, having a passion and energy for something allows you to do just about anything.


Well, the passion and energy does not stop here for Detroit based chef, Steven Meese. Steven says he has other television shows in mind, like celebrity kitchen makeovers and what it takes to run luxury hotels around the world. His newest cookbook, Modern Soul food, is set to be published [he hopes] by 2015. The cook- book takes a modern spin on worldly comfort foods. As, always Chef Steven continues to participate in many charity events like New York City Wine & Food Festival in October. On the side, Meese is stirring up designs for a new cookware line. There's not much out there Steven Meese doesn't want to get his hands on, in regards to food, travel, and entertainment. Watch out world!


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