Founder, Kiln, Smoking Goat, Brat
Birmingham native Ben Chapman opened his first restaurant, Soho’s Smoking Goat, in 2014 without any history in food work whatsoever. He relocated to London a little over a decade ago to study History of Art. Though he didn’t graduate, the young entrepreneur opened an art gallery, promoting the work of emerging talents, including a pre-White Cube Eddie Peake. Following his time at The Courtauld, Chapman worked as a DJ, and eventually took a trip to Thailand, which ignited in him a passion for the country’s native cuisine, and became the basis of his present vocation. His wide-ranging and illustrious background undoubtedly gives him the freshness of an outsider’s perspective.