Born and raised on a dairy farm in Waikato, New Zealand. Ben as a young chef won Commis Chef of the Year 1999, National Youth Skills 2000 and the Bill Gallagher scholarship at Johnson and Wales University of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Bayly then spent the next 8 years working in famed restaurants around the world. Fenix in Melbourne, Le Crique in Las Vegas, The Square & the Ledbury in the U.K, Restaurant Jean-Paul Jeunet and Atelier de Joel Robuchon in France.
In 2009 Bayly returned home to New Zealand and is the executive chef of the 3 Hat restaurant-The Grove. In 2013 Bayly opened the Italian Baduzzi in the North Wharf, immediately gaining 2 Hats in the Cuisine Good Food Guide.
Other Awards include Metro Supreme Restaurant of the Year award 2010 & 2011, and Best Cuisine Metropolitan restaurant 2012, Best speciality restaurant 2014 & Cuisine Good Food Guide Chef of the Year 2014.