Ben Rand grew up in North Norfolk, and the surrounding countryside gave him an early education in farmed and wild produce.
He originally began cooking purely as a means to travel, but this evolved into a passion that drove his career and led him to The Dairy in Clapham via the Swiss, French and Austrian Alps.
The Dairy is a British, produce led bistro overlooking Clapham Common, serving great food in a relaxed, warm atmosphere. The Dairy has gained recognition across the country and won a plethora of awards and accolades – being voted Time Out’s best local restaurant in 2015 as well as being placed in the Top 10 restaurants in the city of London by the same publication in 2014
Ben joined The Dairy as Sous Chef and fitted perfectly into the small team. His knowledge of horticulture helped his colleagues build an urban garden, filling it with herbs, vegetables and beehives where our own honey is cultivated. As the team receive fantastic produce from suppliers around the UK, a purpose built curing and fermenting room was created to ensure that a variety of ingredients can be served all year round.
Although the company has grown considerably in the last 3 years, The Dairy remains at the forefront, and is going from strength to strength, being voted 9th best restaurant in the UK and one of the top 10 most sustainable too!