Chef Ben Stenn
Ben Stenn is the head chef and managing partner of Celilo Restaurant and Bar. He graduated from NYU in 1992 with a BA in political science and a minor in French Literature. As it happens, the minor degree had more influence than the political science (thank goodness) as it got Ben to France where he found his raison d’etre. Ben spent two years in France, first at La Varenne, Ecole de Cuisine and then at several restaurants that rounded out his early learning. He returned to New York City and the restaurant world before coming to the Pacific Northwest.
After arriving in Hood River in 1995, Ben operated the Sixth Street Bistro and Loft for ten years. This offered Ben the opportunity to establish a family of producers and food people, the foundation of Celilo. Ben’s simple philosophy:
“Know your food. Know what it is, where it comes from, who grew it, when it was harvested, how it was prepared. It is an honor to be a part of this simple ethic.”