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.

302 Responses to Welcome to BenStarr.com!

  1. Ben!!! Randomly found your blog when I was researching trying to grow chanterelles. Your bit on chanterelle hunting popped up. Didn’t make the connection of Master Chef until I surfed your blog a hot second. I was a camera operator the year you were on MC. I live next to an Appalachian hardwood forest, so tons of mushrooms a very short walk away. Picked a huge basket of the lovelies after my run. Also have chicken of the woods, hens, bicolor boletes, black trumpets, cauliflower, hedgehogs. Good eating in the woods.

    Glad to see you are doing well!


    • Hi, Colleen! I just tried emailing you, but the address you gave isn’t valid any longer. What a crazy coincidence! I’m SUPER jealous of your Appalachian forest! I have to relegate myself to suburban parks in Dallas unless I’m traveling.

      Great to hear from you and feel free to holler if you’re ever in Dallas!


  2. Dr.samuel birger

    U were so good

    Tell me ben are u jewish?

    Best of luck u kool guy


  3. Hi Ben
    I’ve been following your instructions for the building of a curing chamber. The problem is I have connect the controllers but the humidity control shows hhh and I’m wonder maybe the fridge generates to much humidity and what I need is a dehumidifier instead. What do you think?
    Thanks a lot from New Zealand

  4. Dennie Ellestad

    I am from Lewistown MT I think I have found oyster mushrooms but want to make sure . If you could email me back I could send pictures . Thank you very much

  5. It was a pleasure running in to you in the woods of east Texas. Thank you for your lesson on mushrooms. Hope to see you again!

    Ps: did you get your cap?


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