Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel

Biography
Chefs & Partners, Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel have carved a name for themselves over the past 10 plus years since starting B+C Restaurants http://www.bcrestaurantgroup.com/ in 2006 with the iconic Real New York Barbecue Restaurant THE SMOKE JOINT. They have seared their mark on the Brooklyn food landscape by focusing on different influences of southern regional cuisine in all their subseq...READ MORE

Chefs & Partners, Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel have carved a name for themselves over the past 10 plus years since starting B+C Restaurants http://www.bcrestaurantgroup.com/ in 2006 with the iconic Real New York Barbecue Restaurant THE SMOKE JOINT.

They have seared their mark on the Brooklyn food landscape by focusing on different influences of southern regional cuisine in all their subsequent restaurants:

• The Smoke Joint: a re-interpreted classic barbecue shack, distilling the essence of regional styles of barbecue in an urban-roadside setting;
• Peaches: a Classic American Restaurant with a nod to the South featuring a contemporary Southern menu in a setting as comfortable as your grandmother’s dining room with service as welcoming as her hospitality;
• Peaches HotHouse: an urban “country cafe” featuring great Southern regional classics such as Shrimp and Grits, Shrimp Po’ Boys, Gumbo and Black Eyed Peas with Country Ham. The main event is Nashville Style Hot Chicken! Crispy, Juicy and Spicy all at once Hot Chicken is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is delicious;
• Peaches Shrimp & Crab; a forward-thinking American Seafood restaurant rooted in the culinary traditions of the South with a surprisingly Eastern Seaboard locale.

Their restaurants have been featured on most recently The Travel Channel-Food Paradise, the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, the Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and Eat Out with Time Out

Ben and Craig met while both working at Picholine in 1996 and then crossed paths again in 2005 at Henry Meer’s City Hall Restaurant. As they both shared the dream of opening their own restaurants, they planted a seed together and have been tending to its growth ever since.

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What is your favorite restaurant in NYC? Ben- 2nd Avenue Deli, Craig- Minca What is your ultimate meal? Ben- my last ultimate meal was at Per Se. It was a real dining treat- Over the top 4 hours- 15 course and wines to match. Every dish was great, Craig- anything by the Ocean- Fried Clams at Flo's in Newport. What three things are always in your pantry? Ben- Garlic Confit, Pasta, Rao's Tomato Sauce (the sauce reminds me of my first job in the industry- Villa Venice in Orangeburg NY- Everytime I taste it I remember that experience), Craig- Togarashi, Lemons, Olive Oil- I literally use those things every time I cook. Richness, Acid and Heat If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Ben- Well I was a CPA before going to Culinary School but I would like to think I would have become a Dive Instructor in Bonaire, Craig- SMARTER... no Really a Theatrical Producer- Currently I dabble but it would be my career of choice for sure. What is the best advice you have ever been given, and from whom? Ben- "It always Day One." - Dave Pasternack, Craig-"You make your own deal." -Dave Pasternack