Founder and Group Chief Eating Officer, The BIG Group
Benjamin Yong – better known simply as Ben – is one of the biggest names in the Malaysian Food and Beverage industry. He is the founder and Chief Eating Officer of The BIG Group, an exciting collective of eclectic food and beverage concepts that has brought the latest and greatest food concepts to the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Penang.
Driven by a strong passion for food from a young age, Ben got his first taste of the F&B industry when he was just 12, and has been hungry for more ever since. His first café, nestled within the Ms Read boutique in 1 Utama Shopping Center was a runaway success, and paved the way for The BIG Group’s inception in 2011. His work at Ben’s that same year not only won him the Restaurateur of the Year in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2011, but a warm spot in the hearts and tummies of Malaysian diners.
Twenty-five restaurants, three supermarkets and six years later, The BIG Group is now one of Malaysia’s most recognizable F&B corporations with signature marques like Ben’s, Ben’s General Food Store, Ben’s Independent Grocer, and Plan B gracing major malls around the Peninsular.
More than just the namesake for his outlets, Ben continues to drive the company forward through the BIG ethos of Building Relationships Through Food.