Meet Ben Kramer, the internationally celebrated chef who has changed the culinary landscape of Western Canada.
Chef Kramer helped establish Winnipeg as one of the most vibrant food scenes in North America. He was one of the first to champion the use of local, sustainable ingredients and Ocean Wise certified fish at the dynamic Dandelion Eatery.
He then accomplished what most thought couldn’t be done: he made an institutional food services program at the University of Winnipeg a model of excellence, world-wide. As the Executive Chef of Diversity Food Services, Chef Kramer transformed cafeteria dining into a culinary experience of the first order. He introduced a low-cost, high-quality, deliciously satisfying menu to the campus community based on the belief that everything should be made from scratch using local ingredients. Diversity now serves thousands of meals a day at four on-campus restaurants and at FortWhyte Alive. You’ll even find Diversity products in local grocery stores.
Kramer is innovative, outgoing and personable. You’ll have seen his recipes featured in several food magazines and books. He’s a favorite guest on Winnipeg`s live morning television show and he continues to work with a passionate commitment to sustainability and quality.
Chef Kramer established an extensive catering operation at Diversity. His clients have included:
- The G8 Interfaith Summit, featuring a variety of vegetarian, Halal and Kosher selections
- Raw Almond, a temporary restaurant on the frozen river
- Table for 1200/1201 – the longest dining table in Canada
- Grazing in the Field, a 5-course menu served on a dairy farm
- A meeting of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where Kramer and his team served over 3,000 lunches each day
Whether he’s creating the menu for an intimate brunch or a conference gathering of thousands, Chef Kramer applies the same principles– use local, sustainable, organic ingredients with flare and imagination.
And it’s the same philosophy he brings to his new custom catering business. Chef Kramer left Diversity in August of 2015 to focus on what he finds most satisfying – working directly with individual clients to create individually crafted menus. Chef Kramer and his team will collaborate with you to create a memorable small-scale gathering of friends and family, or a flawless formal banquet.