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CHARITIES: City Harvest, Share Our Strength, Autism Speaks and The James Beard Foundation
BIO: Executive chef at Oceana Restaurant, Ben Pollinger, is known for his unique cooking style—blending the freshest seafood with best possible ingredients. He is passionate about buying local and has seasonal ingredients and has received critical acclaim when Oceana was awarded three stars in The New York Times, and again in October when Oceana was awarded its Michelin star for the second year in a row. Ben Pollinger has spent much time overseas, working in, and dining in some of the most prominent restaurants.
Each dish that Ben creates shows his passion and love of the sea and the land. His philosophy is to be a good steward of our planet and lives out his beliefs in everything he does. At his house in New Jersey, he has a 500 square foot organic garden which he uses to supply his vegetables and herbs for the global seafood cuisine at Oceana.
While studying at Boston University, he cooked part-time and discovered his passion for cooking. Ben then attended the Culinary Institute of America after working in several local restaurants and graduated class valedictorian. Upon graduation he left for Monte-Carlo to work for a year at Le Louis XV under Chef Alain Ducasse. While here, he learned the local culture and traveled the countries of France, Italy, and Spain, learning to love and respect the flavors of each culture.
Ben Pollinger returned to New York and began work under Christian Delouvrier at Les Celebrites and Lespinasse. For the next eight years, he worked under Michael Romano at Union Square Café and Floyd Cardoz at Tabla. While at Tabla, he was taught about Indian flavors which helped to expand his global range of flavors, texture and combining colorful ingredients. Ben donates much of his time to charitable organizations and serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee at the French Culinary Institute. Ben Pollinger is available for speaking engagements, hosting, and endorsements.
WHO REPRESENTS BEN POLLINGER: Celebrity Chef Ben Pollinger can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as culinary consultant, event planner, public speaker, autograph signings, cooking demonstrations, hosting, Mommy Blogger events, SMTS, public relation campaigns, team building events and corporate hospitality.