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Josean Jimenez

  • Josean Jimenez, chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Market in South Deerfield, Wednesday, Feb. 13.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Josean Jimenez, chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Market in South Deerfield, Wednesday, Feb. 13.
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  • Josean Jimenez, the chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Table in South Deerfield Wednesday, Feb. 13.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Josean Jimenez, the chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Table in South Deerfield Wednesday, Feb. 13.
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  • Josean Jimenez, chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Market in South Deerfield, Wednesday, Feb. 13.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Josean Jimenez, the chef and owner of MRKT Farm to Table in South Deerfield Wednesday, Feb. 13.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

Job title and company: Chef/owner at MRKT Farm to Table restaurant, 6B Elm St., South Deerfield

Age: 30

Your duties: Managing all aspects of the day-to-day operation of MRKT Restaurant.

How did you land your job? Never giving up on my goal to own a restaurant.

What’s most challenging about your work? The long hours away from my family.

What do you like about your job? Being able to treat my guests to our unique food and drink creations.

What is your key to success? Hard work, determination and always pushing myself to do better.

How do you feel the Valley economy will fare this year? I have high hope that it will continue to improve.

Why did you choose to do business in the Valley? I have lived in the Valley most of my life and it holds a special place in my heart.

Who has helped mentor you professionally? Chefs like Casey Douglas (Apollo Grill, Easthampton), Patrick Shannon (Side Street Cafe, Florence) and Ken Oringer (Clio and Toro, Boston).

Name a few of your goals for the coming year: To make my restaurant more and more successful.

Tell us a little-known fact about you: I do not like to cook on my days off.

What is your advice for others seeking business success? Work hard and follow your dreams; do not let anyone interfere with your vision.

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