Born and raised in Southern California, Chef Ben’s takes
inspiration from the ever-evolving culinary scene and melting pot of cultures
in and around Southern California. His passion for cooking comes from watching
his father an already accomplish chef himself cook and prepare meals for his
family and coming from a family that has deep cultural roots was enough to
spur his interest in becoming the best chef he could possible be.
Ben has worked and partnered with various restaurants,
hotels, clubs and resorts such as Brookside Country Club where he was the
Chef De Cuisine at the helm, The JW Marriot Beach Resort and Luxe City
Center Hotel where he was the Executive Chef in charge of multiple outlets.
Ben’s ability to adapt and unique cooking style has allowed him to use his
talents in various settings and as such has developed a positive reputation
in the industry as a culinary leader and powerhouse.
In 2013 Ben appeared in “Chef Wanted” on the Food Network
and since then has made several other appearances on various networks
including “Cutthroat Kitchen” and a most notable win on Cooking Chanels
“Farmers Market Flip”. Ben has also been featured on news station KTLA5
and Univision, Ben has also had the pleasure of cooking for world renown
athletes, Singers and celebrities including Don Francisco, Pink, Migos,
Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kiley Jenner, Cardi B, Juanes, The Bella Twins,
Terry Crews, Gabrielle Union, Spike Lee, Jason Alexander and Dwayne Wade.
Tacos El Chapin:
A concept pop up taqueria focusing on fusion of modern
techniques with old world flavors. Tacos El Chapin provides catering
services and is a brand that showcases some of the great flavors of
Guatemala and Central America and presents them in a familiar manner.
Especias Pura Vida:
For over the past 5 years we have develop a great
working relationship with our industry partners and have applied our vast
knowledge to transform the seasoning game; Chef Ben Diaz presents Especias
Pura Vida a gourmet spices and specialty spice company to elevate your
CBDcuisine Consulting Services:
After years of working with some of the
best chefs and in some of the top restaurants in Southern California chef
Ben started a consulting firm to help operators and owners achieve their
business goals; with over 20 years of experience and over a decade in the
development scene CBDcuisine has become a respected entity in the culinary
Accolades & Awards:
Ben has competed in over 100 local and international
cooking competitions such as the word food championships and Cochon555.
Ben’s most notable awards where for chef of the year 2019 for the chefs
de cuisines association of California and best Latin food chef 2018 for