Benjamin Cooper – Kitchen Spy

Chin Chin and Kong executive chef Benjamin Cooper in his Warrandyte home kitchen. Photo: Eddie Jim

First published 14 July 2014

Known for his fiery Asian food at Melbourne’s Chin Chin, Benjamin Cooper may also claim to have been the first guest on MasterChef Australia to sport a mohawk. The 39-year-old is executive chef for the Lucas Group, which includes three restaurants in Melbourne and plans to open more in Sydney, Brisbane and New York. When not passing around chillies to his chefs to munch on in the restaurant kitchen, he cooks at home in leafy Warrandyte, where he lives with his wife Fiona and children Kanaida, 11, Daisy, 10, Felix, 3, two dogs, three ducks, five chooks, two rabbits and a bearded dragon called Shadowmeer. His number one tip for home chefs? “Get out of your comfort zone.”

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