Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Reef House’s Ben Canham

This week, Reef House’s executive chef cooked us a feast while we picked his brain… just kidding! We devoured an entire tub of hummus and emailed him the questions.

The challenge for the industry is…

The ever-changing dietary requirements and food trends.

The things I like about my job are…

Creating memorable moments for guests.

And the frustrations are…

Financial restrictions.

My favourite airline is…

In my travel experience, it would be Qantas.

My proudest moment was…

Being awarded Best Restaurant Award in the Australian culinary Federation competition.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was…

Confidential…

I try to relax by…

Eating healthy and staying connected with family & friends. I also like travelling to new destinations learning about new cuisines.

The last time I feared for my life was…

Doing bungy jumping at AJ Hacket in Cairns.

If I can, I always try to avoid…

Negative people, public speaking.

I really wish I had… 

A bottomless bank account.

The best advice I’ve ever received was…

Just be yourself, don’t overthink things.

I don’t understand why people…

Repeat the same mistakes over & over again and expect a different outcome

My greatest weakness is…

Suffering Anxiety.

And my greatest strength is…

Being able to perform at my peak in the toughest of stressful situations.

If I won a $1 million lottery, (aside from travelling) I would…

Make my Mum retire.

If I was prime minister, I would…

Tax the super-wealthy more, pay politicians less and help the homeless, the poor and aged Australians. I’d also make sure all chefs get paid for their overtime

If I could be someone else for one day, I would be…

GOD.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

The Maldives or Europe.

My favourite holiday was…

My first ever holiday to the Gold Coast QLD with my girlfriend, best mate and his girlfriend.

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