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
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
Empty Bowls GC
Beerkary Bakery - craft beer and baked goods.