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Ben is an accomplished and award winning food writer with three published cook books. Moorish, his last book was published by Bloomsbury Absolute in April 2019 receiving critical acclaim including being named cook book of the year in the Times Magazine. Ben will publish his fourth book SICILA with Bloomsbury Absolute in Summer 2021. Classically trained with over 20 years experience, Ben spent his formative career working with Michelin starred chefs such as Jason Atherton and Stephen Terry at various ground breaking London restaurants, learning classical techniques along with inspired culinary innovation. He went on to head up his own operations at the Italian restaurant Al Duca in St James, London, and the Crinan Hotel in the West Highlands. Under Ben’s culinary leadership, The Crinan were awarded Best Gastro pub in Scotland by The Independent newspaper and Best Newcomer in the Good Food Guide for its’ fine dining restaurant, being hailed a seafood Mecca by foodies and journalists alike.
Ben was most recently the Chef Director and Partner for the Salt Yard Group, including Salt Yard (Fitzrovia), Dehesa (Soho), Opera Tavern (Covent Garden), Ember Yard (Soho), and Veneta (St James) - a group of 5 modern Spanish / Italian restaurants in Central London serving award-winning food (all 2 AA rosettes and bib gourmands from Michelin) in a relaxed environment. During his 11 years with the group, Ben drove the food offer, food operations, kitchen teams and launches for 4 of the 5 restaurants in the group, where he established himself as cooking at the forefront of Spanish/Italian modern tapas scene.
Ben appears regularly on TV including Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, and Masterchef and writes for Delicious, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Noble Rot, Restaurant Magazine, Chef Magazine and other publications.
Ben is the Culinary director of Norma restaurant on Charlotte street and the Stafford London in St James's, both in London’s west end. At the Stafford London Ben oversees the food offering throughout the hotel including the Game Bird restaurant, the American bar and private dining. In September 2019 Ben opened “Norma” a Sicilain-Moorish influenced restaurant on London’s Charlotte street in a beautiful five storey Georgian townhouse. The restaurant, which Ben is opened with the Stafford features a bespoke raw bar serving Sicilian style crudos, a first floor bar serving seasonal, understated cocktails and a selection of Marsala served by the glass.
Norma has received critical acclaim from the countries food critics including Jay Rayner, Giles Coren, Tom Parker Bowls and Fay Maschler.