Benjamin O'Neill

How long have you been cooperating?
I have been with the co-op since September 2017.

What do you do at the co-op?
I am the sous-chef or lead cook, directly under the Café Manager or head chef.

What brought you to the co-op?
When I worked at SOU as the head vegetarian/vegan chef, I met Chef Chris Bradbeer, who asked me to come work for him at the co-op when he got the Café Manager position.

What do you like best about your job?
Working with the beautiful food and wonderful people in a great community. And the opportunity to cook with local, organic produce.

Tell us your co-op favorites:
All the local farm products and produce. The hummus from the Café. Vegan donuts!

How has working at the co-op affected your life?
Meeting and working with the staff and customers has been such a positive experience. I feel working here has better connected me to the community and the world of well-being and health.

Tell us something we don’t know! (Tell us something about yourself others might not know):
I was in a two person musical at the Randall Theatre in 2017.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Spending time in nature being quiet. Exploring the valley with my lovely wife, Laura. Writing and recording music. Filmmaking. Cooking! Teaching yoga.

Where did you grow up/where have you lived in your life?
Colorado (Fort Collins)
Florida (Melbourne Beach)
California (Humboldt)
Poland (Warsaw/Krakow)