Born and raised in central Maine, Ben has taken the flavors of his youth and built on them with a global perspective. For many years Ben worked his way up the ranks in one of Maine’s most celebrated restaurants before moving to Los Angeles and taking on the local food scene there.

After working with renowned chefs in Los Angeles, Ben became the Resident Chef at Sur La Table in the Los Angeles area where he ran one of the most successful cooking programs in the company. While there, he made numerous television and live cooking appearances–including hosting a charity dinner for the local community rescue mission, teaching a community kids’ class and running events that brought awareness to local restaurants.