Ben Roche is a research and development chef at Hampton Creek, after having spent eight years at Homaro Cantu’s Moto Restaurant, where he worked as the executive pastry chef. While at Moto, Ben developed new cooking techniques and incorporated cutting-edge scientific machinery into his cooking. He also traveled the world performing cooking demonstrations and giving presentations about his work. Originally hailing from South Carolina, Chef Ben attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, majoring in baking and pastry, and completed a culinary externship in London. Ben also helped Moto attain Michelin stars, won the Food Network’s Iron Chef competition in 2006 against Chef Morimoto, cowrote and starred in the Discovery Channel’s Future Food show in 2010, and gave a TED Talk at the TED conference in Long Beach, California, in 2011.