and is the former Executive Chef and Owner of the King James Public House and AUX
Bar in Asheville. Steven left home at fifteen, and spent the next eleven years homeless,
jumping freight trains across the US and Europe, cooking wherever his travels took him.
After being stranded in Asheville, he got more serious about cooking enrolled in the AB
Tech culinary program receiving honorable degrees in both Culinary Arts, and Baking
and Pastry. Because of his early life experiences, he is highly dedicated to supporting
the local community through his food. He co-directed the popular local fundraising event
The Blind Pig Supper Club, and served on the Board of Directors of Asheville
Independent Restaurants. Chef Goff’s cuisine has been recognized by Food and Wine
Magazine, Bon Appétit, Garden and Gun, and various local publications. In 2019 he
was named Chef of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging
Association. He lives in Asheville with his wonderful wife Samantha, their daughter
Emma, and their array of animals.