Stefan was born in Finland, but spent the majority of his childhood in Germany where he began culinary training in his early teens. He worked his way through various European and Asian kitchens. In 1998, he joined master chefs Grant McPherson, Sotta Kuhn, Jacques Torres, Jean Philip Maury and Marc Poidevin as part of the creative team for the opening of the Bellagio Hotel, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas as Executive Sous Chef. Since then, Stefan has retired in Santa Monica. Stefan has also opened the restaurant group Stefan's Restaurants in Santa Monica, 5 Steakhouses in his native Finland. Stefan is spending most of his summers traveling and growing organic vegetables, raising chickens on his farm and between each of his European restaurants, maintaining a hands-on approach in the kitchen. During winter month he is traveling for the Finnisch restaurant group SR Max and Restamax to open new concepts like Stefan's Burgers and Beer and multiple others.
The Latest from Stefan
Stefan Should Have Paid Attention to Gail
Stefan Richter knows he should have beat C.J. Jacobson, but everyone is threatened by him.
Behind Stefan and CJ's Booty Battle
Go inside Stefan Richter and Chris 'CJ' Jacobson's rivalry as they went head-to-head (and butt-to-butt) on 'Top Chef Duels.'
Shailene Woodley Comes to Duels
The actress and foraging fan challenges Stefan Richter and C.J. Jacobsen to a rewilding challenge.
Vote for Stefan’s Charity
Stefan Richter wants you to vote to award his charity, Michael J Fox Foundation, $5000.
Call Out: C.J. vs. Stefan
C.J. Jacobson returns to the Top Chef kitchen to challenge his rival Stefan Richter.
C.J. Calls Stefan an Ass
C.J. Jacobsen challenges Stefan Richter to a duel befitting that title – cooking with animal butts.
Pulling a Patti Melt on Stefan
‘Top Chef’s Stefan Richter’s bad behavior makes Patti Stanger shock him into shape.