Chef Stephen Gibbs is a co-founder of Hands On Gourmet, the premier culinary events company in the San Francisco Bay Area. His culinary career has included work at such acclaimed restaurants as Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Roland Passot’s La Folie, and Jeremiah Tower’s Stars restaurant. Educated at the California Culinary Academy, Chef Stephen has also served as chef at the San Francisco Opera House. In 2000, he created the dining concept and menus for Virgin Atlantic Airline’s Upper Class Lounges across the USA.Chef Stephen’s recipes have also been featured in CHOW, Relax, and other magazines, and he has been a guest on several talk shows, most recently the Lisa Birnbach radio show. He loves to share his expertise in culinary team building, and has been quoted in the New York Times and other newspapers.

In 2005, Chef Stephen won an “On the Verge” award from 7×7 Magazine, which honors innovative leaders in creative fields, in the “Menu Creation and Development” category.

Before picking up a chef’s knife, Stephen spent a decade in Los Angeles working as an actor. You may recognize him from Days of Our Lives or his roles in other 1990’s soap operas, sit-coms, and television commercials. He also worked with the legendary Groundlings improv group.

These days, Chef Stephen puts his dramatic skills to use sharing his passion for great food. He produced and starred in Flavor Highway, a series currently available on Taste TV. He has been featured in a segment on the Fine Living Channel, and recently took the lead role in a cooking show pilot with a San Francisco production company. Chef Stephen also makes regular public appearances doing cooking demonstrations in association with national magazines including Gourmet and Women’s Health.