Ben Kasowski

CIMI at Toyon Bay Food Service Director

“I feel like the diversity of my whole life has led me to this work and my position with Guided Discoveries. I love the Island deeply and enjoy the logistical challenge of living both on an Island and the particular challenges that exist at Fox Landing, which is accessible only by boat. I love providing good meals for the students, teachers, parents and staff.” Read on to learn more about Ben Kasowski and his passion for bringing quality dining experiences to Catalina campers.

Ben is originally from Southern California but was raised in the Seattle Area. His cooking career started while he was in high school working in local restaurants. He worked with some “amazing chefs” and eventually managed restaurants at an early age. Ben eventually moved to Dutch Harbor, Alaska and worked in the fishing industry for three years. While in Alaska, Ben met a chef who worked at the Catalina Island Marine Institute and offered him a position at the camp. Ben joined the CIMI at Toyon Bay kitchen crew in 1999.

Ben soon became the Assistant Food Service Director at Cherry Cove. He moved back to Toyon Bay as the Assistant Food Service Director and Chef where he remained for 7 years. In 2009, Ben was chosen as the Food Service Director and Head Chef for CIMI at Fox Landing and he now returns to Toyon Bay. He is known for his creative food and excellent service. Ben knows that campers remember their experiences in his cafeteria for years to come and this drives him to do his best work every day at CIMI. He will take time to speak with any teacher, parent or child about their special dietary needs. Just email or give him a call.

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