Estevan Jimenez

Executive Chef/Chef Instructor, Drummond Culinary Academy Rancho Cielo Youth Campus
“I was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley. My parents were farm workers when I was young, so naturally I’ve always had a connection to agriculture and fresh produce. Whether it was the farm animals at my grandparents’ house, the cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables in the valley, or the almond tree in my back yard, food has always been one of my earliest memories. If I close my eyes and go back as far as I can remember, there is always something tied to food. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized how important fresh produce is, not only for nourishment of our mind, bodies, and spirits, but as a chef. It’s how I provide for my children, how my parents provided for my brother and I, and how their parents provided for them. I believe that we’re all connected and food is the common denominator.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”