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. You are the nicest contestant in the MC history! I really enjoyed watching you…i hope you are doing well..wish to know about your news as well as Adrien who is your friend i believe.
    Much love from Algeria

  2. Hello Ben! I’m just a Senior Animation Student in Illinois, and I found you watching Master Chef while working on my capstone animation. You were by far the most fabulous part of the season you were in. When you left the show, I immediately needed to know where you were now. I am overjoyed that you’re doing what you love right now. You have a wonderful personality a brilliant knowledge of food. My dad is very passionate about food as well and he is the one who cooks all of our home meals. I’m going to try and show him some of your recipes!

  3. Ben!❤
    You are the nicest person ever in all seasons of Masterchef US. Love you and your hats!

    Love from Sweden

  4. Louise O Connor

    Hi Ben,
    you would be a huge Star in Ireland. What a lovely, witty, emphatic guy you are. I adored watching you on Masterchef.. You could teach some people a thing or two with your wonderful personality.x
    Much love from the land of leprechauns..begorra!!


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