Trendsetter to Know: Steven Zimmerman, Executive Chef at Merkin Vineyards

Name:  Steven Zimmerman

Instagram: chef_stevez


Age:  65

Title:  Executive Chef

Married/Single:  Married

Kids:  3 / Josh, Tabitha and Emily

City you live in:  Goodyear

A typical day in my life includes… gardening, playing guitar, reading cookbooks, formulating my next day at work or special menu item

I was born…  St. Louis, MO

My favorite thing about Arizona… proximity to Nature

I’m listening to… Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Chef’s PSA

My family… is #1

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… a great Chef like Thomas Keller

One thing I cannot live without…  my guitars, knives, and my wife

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an architect 

I’m inspired by… Chef’s better than I am

The one person who motivates me is… There isn’t just one person.  It would be people who are passionate about their craft, whatever craft it is

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…  that there would be no division between ethnicity, cultures … people on this earth

The perfect day would be…  everyone around me happy and healthy

My first job was… a short-lived newspaper route when I was 14

My favorite escape… Mother Nature

My life…  needs to have meaning

I’m currently working on… what my next chapter will look like

Always… push yourself to be a little bit better than you were yesterday

Never… give up

Favorite Quote…  Chef’s mindset, If you fail to plan you plan to fail

Biggest Dream… to leave a piece of myself even after I’ve left this earth, whether it be a recipe or someone I’ve impacted

My Pet Peeve(s)… people who don’t care

Bio-on yourself/company: Steven Zimmerman is a classically trained, award-winning Certified Executive Chef, with more than 25 years of hands-on experience. With a commitment to using the freshest ingredients, Chef Zimmerman embraces the farm-to-table concept and has a passion for creating high quality, nutritious and exquisite foods at Merkin Vineyards.

Merkin Vineyards is on a mission to come as close to delivering a 100% Arizona experience to the community.  The produce and ingredients are farmed at the Merkin Vineyards Verde Valley greenhouses, gardens, and orchards. What we can’t grow, we source from local Arizona farmers.

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