Our Head Chef Ben is always smiling and we think we know why… he’s got the best chef’s job in Britain! He works in a kitchen that looks out across the Dorset coast, he’s got a great team and what’s more he gets to create dishes from fantastic seasonal local produce.
Ben grew up in Surrey and trained at Farnborough Technical College, and has been at Branksome Beach on and off for eight years. He worked his way up from chef de partie to sous chef before working in various positions at local eateries Reef Encounter and our sister establishment Sandbanks Beach Cafe. A stint travelling and cheffing in Australia across a whole host of coastal restaurants has given him a flair for seafood, which perfectly suits his position as Head Chef at Branksome.
“We offer a varied menu at Branksome Beach because we like to appeal to everyone’s appetites, so you’ll find classic British seaside fare such as fish and chips, along side equally traditional French Bouillabaisse. With such great local produce at my fingertips it’s not difficult to be inspired to create new dishes each season. The surprise hit this summer has definitely been ‘Monkfish Scampi’ which our customers can’t seem to get enough of and the lobster specials have been flying out. Personally I love cooking fish whole on the bone, dressed with a flavoursome accompaniment so you will always find a couple of these on the menu.”
Whilst we agree that Ben cooks to perfection, we think he’s talented in many ways. So we definitely encourage you to leave room for one of our scrumptious desserts or if you’re feeling naughty, an alcoholic ice-lolly!