Southern California-based chef who competed in Bravo's television culinary competition, Top Chef. He is also known for his restaurants in Santa Monica, Tampere, Turku, and Helsinki.
He studied Culinary Art and Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wurzburg-Schweinfurt. Following his graduation, he was involved in the grand opening of Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel.
He established his Santa Monica, California restaurant, Stefan's at L.A. Farm, in 2009.
He was born in Finland, and he was raised primarily in Germany.
He and fellow chef, Carla Hall, were both runners-up in Top Chef's fifth season.