Ben Del Coro

Fossil Farms, Boonton, NJ

Ben Del Coro started his culinary career at the age of 15 working in a local restaurant in his home town of Long Valley, NJ. It was there that he found the spark that fueled a career spanning the past 20 years. He attended and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1997. His quest to understand food led him through many NYC and NJ restaurants and across the country. In 2008 he opened another chapter in his culinary career, leaving the restaurant industry and joining Fossil Farms based in Boonton, NJ. Fossil Farms is an all natural farm raised game and specialty meat distributor that works with many local and regional farms to provide many of the top toques in NYC and nationwide with completely natural meats. He resides in Sparta, NJ with his wife and two boys. There they have started and continue to operate the popular Sparta Farmers Market as well he is on the board of trustees of the Foodshed Alliance.

What is your earliest food memory?
Eating ripe tomatoes off the vine in my mothers garden.

If you could cook James Beard one dish, what would it be?
Tuna Nicoise.

What is your least favorite food?
Bad food that is prepared without care.

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