Steve Champagne

By Paul Giorgio

steve champagneName: Steve Champagne
Age: 44

Education: Graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts; also has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Central New England College.

Current Position: Executive Chef, Niche Hospitality Group, owners of Block 5 Bistro, Bocado, & Mezcal

Prior Restaurant Experience: Executive Chef Struck Café; staff, 111 Chop House and The Sole Proprietor

Other: Lives in Millbury with his wife and 2 children

What made you switch from engineering to cooking? I enjoyed cooking more than engineering. I made the switch during the recession in the 90s. I finished cooking school in 1994. I thought cooking would be fun & exciting.

What is your cooking philosophy? I like classic techniques with bold flavors and fresh ingredients.

Do you like your flavors bold? If you say you’re going to taste basil & garlic, you’d better taste it. You shouldn’t have to look to find the mushroom in a mushroom risotto. Read More…