About Our Chef
Born in Montreal, Quebec, chef Benjamin Cooper was already showing his culinary inclination at the age of five, when he surprised his parents by ordering “escargots” at a restaurant. By the age of 12, he had moved across the Atlantic to Europe where he developed a full-fledged passion for good food.
Upon graduating in both Pastry and International Cooking from Tiroler Fachberufes Schule, Ben completed his apprenticeship at world renowned Hotel Klosterbräu’s Ritter Oswald Stube in the Olympic region of Seefeld, in Tyrol Austria., where he was awarded with one ‘tocque’ from the Gault Millau guide, the Austrian equivalent of the Michelin star.
In 2006, Ben was the youngest chef to have been awarded a gold medal at the International Art Cooking Exhibition in Salzburg, Austria.
Ben moved back to Montreal in 2008 and started working in some of the city’s top kitchens before being recruited by the late Chef John Ledwell as his protégé, working his way up to Chef de Cuisine at the exclusive members-only club, Le 357c, where his food was enjoyed by many celebrity fans, among them former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney, as well as international celebrities Barbra Streisand, Robert DeNiro, and Celine Dion.
Today, at the ripe age of 28, Ben is redefining event catering with his culinary creativity, innovative recipes and impeccable presentation.