Welcome to BenStarr.com!

Welcome, fans, friends, and family!  Whether you discovered me by watching MasterChef USA, HGTV, or The Rachael Ray Show, or if you’ve been a follower of my site across much of its 15-year existence, or stumbled across me more recently, you are very welcome here.  I am humbled to have inherited an amazing fan community from around the world, and it’s a joy to share my unique life with you.

I am so grateful for the joy you’ve all brought into my life, and for sharing your stories and creativity with me!  Cooking is, perhaps, the most human of all experiences, and regardless of your heritage, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic background, when it comes time to celebrate life with those you love…you get in the kitchen to cook.  I think that’s a miracle, and gives food the power to bring people together, break down barriers, and connect in ways we might otherwise not find.

I must thank Ozzie Bock, my wonderful fan in Arkansas, for coming to my rescue when I was at my wit’s end in getting this site live.  And also to one of my dearest friends, Monty Taylor, who basically makes the internet work for all of us, and who also hosts my site.  I must also recognize the free software community, who took the WordPress format and made it such that a blundering boob like me could (with help from Ozzie and Monty, of course) put up a website that can bring people together to celebrate life and food, without having to mortgage my house.  Software is art, just like a perfect recipe, or a timeless painting.  And those who work so hard to give it away for free are heroes in my book.

271 Responses to Welcome to BenStarr.com!

  1. Hi I was just called to audition for master chef season 8 my concern: is it true that I can not have contact with family while participating? Do I get paid while being there? Cooking is my life, my passion but how much do I have to give up to participate? I know I’ll go to the audition and they’ll fall in love with me as I’m a character, but… I’m inspired by my loved ones and if I don’t have their contact my inspiration will be at stake. Tell me please

  2. So thrilled to see you’re doing such awesome things! Looking for to following you. (Ok. That sounds a big stalker-ish… But ya know what I mean I hope! :)).

  3. Morning Ben,
    We are watching series two of Masterchef USA at the moment here in the UK. Yes it finally got here.
    Am afraid last night we saw you leave the competition. A very sad moment as we looked forward so much to watching it to see your genuine passion for cooking and your expressions and of course your cool hats.
    We hope you managed to follow your passion to fruition and all is going well.
    All the best
    Mike and Rosemary McKellow
    Evesham, UK.

  4. We’ve just saw you voted out of master chef you were our favourite all I say lack of hat

  5. Hey Ben, my Mum was so gutted you didn’t win Masterchef USA (personally I think she has a bit of a crush on you) Wishing you all the best in the future
    With love from the UK <3

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