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Meet Ben

Ben has over 15 years of experience as a chef working in Australia and overseas. Having grown up in Byron Bay, he 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 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 scratch – from bread and ice cream to ham and cheese.

Awards

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  • 2017 - FoodService's 50 Next Generation Top Aussie Chefs

  • 2017 - Chefs defining the 2010s - Gourmet Traveler

  • 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

FOR PAPER DAISY (Executive Chef)

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

  • 2017 Regional Restaurant of the Year — Good Food Guide

Collaborations

  • 2018 - Taste of Sydney Collective

  • 2017 & 2018 - Harvey Norman/ Gourmet Institute

  • 2018 - Sydney Good Food Month “Regional Dining”

  • 2018 - Guest Chef dinner with Harvest Newrybar

  • 2018 - Guest Chef dinner with iBento / Wasabi, Noosa

  • 2017 - Gourmet Weekend with Lindenderry Hotel, VIC

  • 2017 - Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival

  • 2017 - Guest Chef dinner with EXP, Hunter Valley

  • 2017 - Auckland Restaurant Month, with Euro Restaurant

  • 2015 - Drinking with Chefs

  • 2015 - Delicious Magazine “Next Gen” Chef dinner

  • 2013 - Guest Chef with Sixpenny, Sydney

  • 2013-2018 - Beerkary Bakery and Brewsvegas

Charity

  • OzHarvest - Kitchen Table Dinner & CEO Challenge

  • Surfing Chefs for SurfAid

  • FarmAid at Three Blue Ducks

  • WAW Gathering

  • Empty Bowls Gold Coast