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Location: Chicago

Applied Science, Kendall College
Culinary Arts
After graduating from Kendall in 2002, Ben worked in various kitchens such as Le Francais, Marche, Bistro 110 and Rhapsody Restaurant. Bens most recent restaurant accomplishments was as Chef of the Club at the Symphony Center, a member’s only fine dining room in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cooking for major donors of the CSO, while also holding the title of Sous Chef at Rhapsody Restaurant. During Bens time there, he was selected amongst thousands to take part in Season 5 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen where Ben battled his way to a 4th place finish out of 16. In September 2009, Ben hosted a “live” tailgate themed cooking show for The Big Ten Network called The Big Ten Cookout and is currently in discussions about the upcoming 2010 season. Ben has been working as a consultant on a new restaurant called Kinderhook Tap located in Oak Park, but as of August 2010 Ben will be moving to Miami Beach and teaming up with friend and Hells Kitchen alum Chef Paula DeSilva and the Marriott hotel Group

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