Executive Chef Benjamin Thorpe
Chef Benjamin Thorpe, previously owner and chef de cuisine of The Cornerstone Bistro in Middleton Idaho, is an industry trained chef with a passion for local seasonally sourced ingredients. The son of a conservation officer and biologist, Chef Ben was exposed early on to the importance of maintaining a strong appreciation for the delicate balance between man and nature. With nature’s bounty, Chef Ben delights in creating rustic, yet innovative, dishes that highlight the freshness and seasonality of available ingredients. With a passion for both Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, Chef Ben has developed a fusion style that brings a new life to traditional culinary techniques. Due to traveling extensively throughout the world to Africa, Papua New Guinea, throughout Great Britain and the United States, the opportunity to see the world has given further inspiration to Chef Ben's cuisine. He has worked and lived in Cleveland Ohio, near Telluride CO, Portland Oregon and Boise Idaho. Chef Ben’s menu at the Grand Union Grille is approachable yet innovative in its flavors and technique. It will continue and enhance the Grand Union Grille’s reputation for outstanding farm to table cuisine. Ben's wife Brenda, and their two children, Seville 4 and Hudson 2 are very excited to join him in this new chapter in Fort Benton.