Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, recently hired veteran restaurant owner and accomplished chef Steven Stempel as director of food service.
In his new position, Stempel is responsible for culinary creative, branding development and oversight of all food service for Parker’s.
“Steve brings an insider’s knowledge of the restaurant industry to his new position with our company,” said Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s. “He’s committed to developing fresh, delicious items from scratch and to maintaining the high-quality food service our customers have come to expect from Parker’s.”
Stempel previously served as the owner and operator of the Downtown PourHouse, the MadHatter and Pioneer’s Western Kitchen in Orlando, Fla. His restaurants have won numerous honors including Best New Restaurant and Best Burger awards from Central Florida Magazine. Over the years, he also worked as the opening manager for Pizza Fusion and Kafe Kalik in Orlando.
Stempel is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando and has an extensive legacy of community involvement. In Orlando, he was an active volunteer for Boys and Girls Club, New Hope for Kids and other community organizations. He is looking forward to becoming involved with various non-profit organizations in Savannah, where Parker’s is headquartered.
Originally from Orlando, Stempel recently relocated to Pooler, Ga. with his wife, Rebecca.
Parker’s currently operates 31 convenience stores across the region and plans to open additional locations in Chatham, Liberty, Effingham, Bulloch, Long and Beaufort counties. The company has five locations in Beaufort County and employs more than 400 individuals throughout Georgia and South Carolina.