Our Team

Ben Devlin

Ben has over 15 years of experience as a chef working in Australia and overseas.

Ben grew up in Byron Bay and returned to the Northern Rivers region in 2015 to work as Executive Chef at Paper Daisy in Cabarita Beach. Under Ben’s leadership, Paper Daisy has been recognised with a number of national restaurant awards.

In 2014, he won QLD Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year while working as head chef of Brisbane’s first three-hatted restaurant, Esquire, and previous to that spent two years working as chef-de-partie at Noma in Copenhagen.

Whilst Ben is armed with fine-dining credentials, Pipit is a refreshing step away from formalities.

His family upbringing has given him a keen sense of problem-solving and a desire to build from the ground up, making the effort to create everything - from bread and ice cream to ham and cheese - from scratch.


RESTAURANT AWARDS/ LISTS

Paper Daisy as Executive Chef

  • 2017 & 2019 - 2 Chef Hats - Good Food Guide

  • 2017 Regional Restaurant of the Year — Good Food Guide

  • 2016-2018 - Top 100 Restaurants in Australia - Gourmet Traveler

  • 2018 - Top 100 Restaurants in Australia - Australian Financial Review

  • 2016 - Top 100 Restaurants - Delicious Magazine

  • 2016 & 2017 - Hot 50 Restaurant in Australia -The Australian

  • 2015 Best Hotel Chef - HM Awards

Esquire as Head Chef

  • 2012-2014 - 3 Hats - Good Food Guide

  • 2012-2014 QLD's Top Restaurant and Top 100 Restaurants in Australia - Gourmet Traveler

Photo credit: Gourmet Institute

Photo credit: Gourmet Institute

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS / LISTS

2017 & 2018 - Gourmet Institute chef

2017 - FoodService's 50 Next Generation Top Aussie Chefs

2017 - Chefs defining the 2010s - Gourmet Traveler

2017 - Dishes defining Australian dining - Gourmet Traveler/ Taste of Australia

2015 - Next Generation Chef - Delicious Magazine

2014 - Young Chefs to Watch - Tourism Australia

2014 - Young Chef of the Year - QLD Good Food Guide

2008 - Appetite for Excellence - National Finalist

SUPPORTED CHARITIES /CHEF EVENTS

  • OzHarvest - Kitchen Table Dinner & CEO Challenge

  • Surfing Chefs for SurfAid

  • FarmAid

  • WAW Gathering

  • Empty Bowls GC

PREVIOUS COLLABORATIONS

  1. Beerkary Bakery - craft beer and baked goods.