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Executive Chef & Reef House Cuisine

Introducing Ben Canham

Our executive chef Ben Canham, is excited about his challenge to tantalise the taste buds of diners visiting Palm Cove.  The Reef House Restaurant has a long-standing reputation with locals and tourists alike. He is passionate about food and enjoys sharing his love of all things culinary with his customers.

Ben is inspired by the scenery at the Reef House, with the beach within close vicinity, as well as tropical Far North Queensland produce and the opportunity to support local farmers and fishermen.  

Ben’s career spans 20 years and an impressive line-up of restaurants, including Villa Romana, the Salt House, Perotta’s, the Waterbar & Grill, the Shangri-La, Hotel Cairns and Rydges Esplanade.

He is an award-winning chef, securing first and second place in the Best Restaurant in Queensland awards, as chosen by the Australian Culinary Federation.

“I believe in constant challenges, as well as redeveloping and reinventing myself on a daily basis,” Ben said. “When you have good teamwork you have good results. I love the thrill of a good service and the compliments we receive. “I believe in a positive, can-do attitude, as well as being creative, efficient, hard-working and customer-focused.”

The Reef House focuses on modern Australian cuisine with Asian and European influences. There is definitely a focus on fresh, local seafood, with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere.

Their signature dish is Sea Scallops with Twice Cooked Pork Belly, with other favorites including Cape Grim Rib Fillet, Cold & Hot Seafood Tasters, Atlantic Salmon, Confit Duck, Braised Beef Cheeks.

“We have a great view and great ambience combined with great service and great food,” Ben said. “I am looking forward to making my mark on Far North Queensland.”

Pork Belly & Scallops

Duo of duck

Seafood Taster

Mango Chocolate Tart

Coffee Cheesecake

Soft Shell Crab

Barramundi Thai Curry

Atlantic Salmon