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Ben and Karen met on the first day of class as students at The Culinary Institute of America and have been cooking together ever since. They each have an Associate Degree from the CIA (class of 1981) and now live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with their son, Gabriel.
Ben is a North Carolinian and has been chef of Restaurant La Residence (a French restaurant founded by Bill Neal) in Chapel Hill; head chef, The Fearrington House, Pittsboro, North Carolina, where he succeeded Edna Lewis. While there, Ben established "The Cuisine of the New South" as the theme of the restaurant. He also instituted the first all-American wine list in North Carolina and was instrumental in securing the "Relais et Chateau" designation for the Inn at Fearrington. With his wife, Karen, North Carolina.