Steven began his career in the restaurant business at the age of 15 bussing tables. Rising through the ranks, he found himself as maitre d' at Chicago's Le Colonial in 1996 under the direction of mentor and good friend, Joe King. In 1999 he would open Tizi Melloul, employing Mike Schimmel which set the stage for the Pork Shoppe.
Riding his bike to his first job in the food service industry, Mike got his start at the Arlington Int'l Racetrack. From there, he made his way through school working banquets and restaurants. It wasn't until he met Steven Ford at his restaurant, Tizi Melloul, that Pork Shoppe would meet its makers. In 2010 the duo opened the Michelin Guide recognized BBQ haven.