Ben Grupe is team captain of ACF Culinary Team USA 2016.  Grupe won two gold medals and placed third overall at the 2014 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg receiving the highest score in the national team’s cold food salon. He was also a member of the 2012 ACF Culinary National Team USA, which earned two silver medals and placed sixth overall at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) and won two gold medals and placed third overall at the 2010 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

In December 2009, he completed a three-year apprenticeship at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., followed by a one-year apprenticeship at The Racquet Club Ladue, St. Louis. He studied culinary arts/restaurant management at St. Louis Community College–Forest Park, St. Louis, from 2001 to 2005. He is a member of Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc.

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